Beware: tortured football analogy ahead.... The US Environmental Protection Agency was
facing a mid-December deadline to propose regulations limiting
greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from oil
refineries. With that date drawing near, the EPA
acknowledged it was in a fourth and long situation.
Instead of attempting to release some poorly construed regs on
the day in question (which would be akin to running a draw in
this fourth and long football analogy scenario), the EPA
elected to punt. A spokesperson for the government agency
"EPA expects to need more time to complete work on greenhouse
gas pollution standards for oil refineries."
The EPA is working with the litigants to develop a new
schedule to replace the current mid-December date for a rule
proposal, the spokesperson added.
The delay is the latest setback for the agency's new raft of
clean air rules on everything from smog to mercury pollution
that are heavily opposed by industry.
The EPA has not told refiners exactly how it plans to cut emissions, and that figuring out how
to do so is taking additional time, an oil industry source
"How they are going to regulate greenhouse gases, they are not
sharing that with us," the source said.
The petroleum industry says it is more difficult to cut
emissions from refineries than it is from power plants, the
EPA's top target of emissions. Many power utilities can
switch from coal, which emits large amounts of carbon dioxide when burned, to
burning cleaner natural gas. Refineries, however, mostly
already run on natural gas.
The full Reuters article can be found here.