The US Environmental Protection Agency <http://www.epa.gov/> (EPA) said the regulation of carbon emissions from stationary sources will begin in January 2011, with further legislation coming in after that date, in order to give the facilities time to implement the technology.
The decision comes after an assessment of when the Clean Air Act regulations, which will require large-scale facilities to obtain clean air permits that cover greenhouse gases, would take hold.
The EPA said it has pledged to take sensible steps to address the billions of tons of greenhouse gas pollution that threaten Americans’ health but is providing time for large industrial facilities and state governments to put in place cost-effective and innovative technologies.
Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator, said it is a common sense plan for phasing in the protections of the Clean Air Act.
‘It gives large facilities the time they need to innovate, governments the time to prepare to cute greenhouse gases and it ensures that we don’t push this problem off to our children and grandchildren,’ she said.
‘With a clear process in place, it’s now time for American innovators and entrepreneurs to go to work and lead us into the clean energy economy of the future.’