Last week, the Obama administration indicated that small businesses would be exempt from new industrial smokestack emissions controls of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarified that its planned greenhouse rules would apply only to large industrial facilities, which would be required to have up-to-date emissions control equipment and energy-efficiency measures whenever they are revised or built. Power plants, refineries and factories emitting at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually would be affected by the regulations.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that small businesses, such as most farms and restaurants, would not have to comply with the regulations.
"We have carefully targeted our efforts to exempt the vast majority of small- and medium-sized businesses," said Jackson. "We know the corner coffee shop is no place to look for meaningful carbon reductions."
The new restrictions would take effect in the spring, when the EPA is scheduled to release the final greenhouse gas rules for cars and truck under the Clean Air Act.
The proposal will include almost 70 percent of U.S. power plants, refineries and large factories that give off more than half of the country's carbon dioxide emissions.
Reprinted from NACS Online