The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule stating that greenhouse gases (GHGs) are a threat to the public health and welfare of the American people and that GHG emissions from on-road vehicles contribute to that threat.
EPA’s rule includes six greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride. The ruling will allow the EPA to move forward with the GHG standards proposed earlier this year for new light-duty vehicles and to regulate global-warming gases without legislation in the U.S. Congress.
On-road vehicles contribute more than 23% of total U.S. GHG emissions. EPA’s proposed GHG standards for light-duty vehicles, a subset of on-road vehicles, would reduce GHG emissions by nearly 950 million metric tons and conserve 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of model year 2012-2016 vehicles.
During the 60-day public comment period, EPA received more than 380,000 comments. AMI also commented on the Endangerment Finding, stating that AMI does not support EPA’s Endangerment Finding as the proposed rule (now final rule) was mostly based on future GHG concentrations, anticipated climate changes, and adverse public health and welfare effects that are expected to result from elevated temperatures, air quality changes, effects of extreme events on society, climate-sensitive diseases and aeroallergens.
Additionally, AMI does not support regulating GHG emissions under the Clean Air Act because it could lead to serious economic consequences not only for AMI member companies but for the entire U.S. economy. This final rule could expose large sectors of the economy to significant corporate liability for producing products that purportedly endanger health and welfare.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency – EPA/ AMI - American Meat Institute