EPA deems GHGs public health threat

By | January 04, 2010
The U.S. EPA announced Dec. 7 that it has determined greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten public health and welfare. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has the authority to regulate GHGs. The ruling, which may lead to more stringent EPA rules for emissions, could affect ethanol and biodiesel plants as well as vehicle manufacturers, power companies and biorefiners. According to the EPA, GHGs are the primary driver of climate change, increase in ground-level ozone pollution linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses and are a threat to the health and welfare of Americans.