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 told
"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 said.
"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
The full Reuters article can be found here.