This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court issued its decision on industry petitions regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The main focus of the suit was on EPA’s “tailoring” rule, which requires only major polluters to obtain permits for their GHG emissions. Bakeries are currently not impacted by the “tailoring” rule since EPA set the trigger threshold high. However, it appears that EPA will be able to retain authority to lower those thresholds with time. The court also dismissed all petitions for EPA’s “tailpipe” rule, which set standards for cars and light-duty trucks beginning in the 2012 model year and the “timing” rule, which focused on limiting GHG emissions from stationary sources. ABA is reviewing this legal decision in greater detail and more information will be forthcoming.
Click here for information on ABA’s testimony before the House Energy and Power Subcommittee on the negative impact EPA’s Tailoring Rule would have on the baking industry.