Greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation has shifted from Congress to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the last year. A climate bill passed the House, but was never voted on in the Senate. The courts have weighed in and will continue to weigh in on GHG regulation over the next few years. A recent court decision has allowed regulations governing GHG emissions to go into effect in 2011. As permits are being imposed on large sources of GHG emissions, courts and Congress will be making decisions as to whether the rules ultimately remain in effect. Over at least the next few months—and perhaps two years—new and modified coal-fired power plants may be required to install technologies to reduce their GHG emissions.
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Reprinted with permission from Coal Age Magazine.