Energy Risk – EPA Delays New Biomass Rules, Industry Breathes Easier

Posted by Trish Riley, February 9, 2011

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed a plan to tighten carbon emissions rules for biomass-fired power plants and other sources.

The EPA said its plan is to defer, for three years, greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting requirements. “The agency intends to use this time to seek further independent scientific analysis of this complex issue and then to develop a rulemaking on how these emissions should be treated in determining whether a Clean Air Act permit is required,” the EPA said in a statement.

The biomass power industry had said the change in permitting threatened to scuttle that source of energy due to the political agenda of some opponents.

via Energy Risk – EPA Delays New Biomass Rules, Industry Breathes Easier @ RiskCenter: A Financial Risk Management Media Company.