Slowly but surely, the government is beginning to take environmental protection and sustainability seriously. It has set in motion several bills that will take the United States into a new era in environmental conservation. There’s been a lot of talk in the Senate recently about the new greenhouse gas (GHG) rules submitted for approval by the EPA. What exactly are these new rules, and do they apply to your business?
To begin with, the greenhouse gas rule was established in 2008 and requires certain types of facilities tomeasure, then submit the amount of harmful pollutants they are producing to the EPA. The details regarding the acceptable methods of testing the GHG output are listed on the EPA’s website.
Once your company has measured the gases produced and submitted the total to the EPA, your company may be required to buy air permits in order to continue doing business. The EPA’s plan is to slowly begin to reduce the acceptable amount of harmful gasses that are being produced by manufacturing facilities so that the future begins to look a little greener.
How do you know if your business is subject to the GHG rules? If your company is in an office building and does not own any production facilities, you can rule yourself out. However, if your company owns a power plant, industrial boiler, oil refinery or other plant with a large combustion source, your company will be affected by the new EPA standards and the GHG rules.
Old facilities are required to purchase air permits and newly constructed buildings will be required to use the best available control technology in order to monitor their GHG production. While some large utility companies argue that the moves taken by the EPA will hurt the U.S. economy and production abilities, the EPA has stood firm on its decisions to implement stricter regulation on large-scale production companies.