Green Groups Call on EPA, Interior to Regulate Methane

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 20: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy addresses a breakfast event at the National Press Club September 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. McCarthy announced that the EPA is proposing regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions, which requires future coal burning power plants to decrease 40 percent of their emission. 
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Clare Foran
Dec. 5, 2013, 3:41 a.m.

A co­ali­tion of na­tion­al and re­gion­al en­vir­on­ment­al or­gan­iz­a­tions and pub­lic-health ad­voc­ates are call­ing on the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency to draft reg­u­la­tions to lim­it meth­ane emis­sions and ask­ing the In­teri­or De­part­ment to tight­en ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions to con­trol re­leases of the green­house gas.

In a let­ter sent Thursday to EPA Ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy and In­teri­or Sec­ret­ary Sally Jew­ell, the groups say that curb­ing emis­sions of the green­house gas aligns with pres­id­ent Obama’s second-term cli­mate-change agenda.

Sig­nat­or­ies of the let­ter in­clude Con­rad Schneider, ad­vocacy dir­ect­or of the Clean Air Task Force; Eliza­beth Thompson, vice pres­id­ent for U.S. Cli­mate and Polit­ic­al Af­fairs for the En­vir­on­ment­al De­fense Fund; and Tiernan Sit­ten­feld, seni­or vice pres­id­ent for gov­ern­ment af­fairs with the League of Con­ser­va­tion Voters.

“EPA needs to take im­me­di­ate steps to pro­duce reg­u­la­tions to dir­ectly re­duce meth­ane pol­lu­tion from new and ex­ist­ing equip­ment from this in­dustry,” the let­ter states. It con­tin­ues on to say: “We look for­ward to sup­port­ing EPA and the De­part­ment of the In­teri­or in their ef­forts to curb meth­ane pol­lu­tion from the oil and nat­ur­al-gas in­dus­tries. Clean­ing up meth­ane emis­sions is a crit­ic­al near-term step to­ward im­ple­ment­a­tion of Pres­id­ent Obama’s new Cli­mate Ac­tion Plan and con­tin­ued U.S. lead­er­ship on cli­mate pro­tec­tion and health­i­er air.”

Read the full let­ter here.


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