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Should EPA Use Emissions Averaging or Cap and Trade to Implement §111(d) of the Clean Air Act?

September 2013

Citation: ELR 10731

Author: William F. Pedersen

Fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs) account for 40% of the U.S. annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. No federal regulations currently limit those releases. Two months ago, President Barack Obama ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fill this gap by setting GHG emission limits for new EGUs under §111(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and for existing EGUs under §111(d).

William F. Pedersen is Counsel, Perkins Coie.

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