By Caroline Fuller
EPA Soliciting Reporting Requirements Feedback for VOC Emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting comments on the EPA's reporting and record-keeping requirements for national volatile organic compound (VOC) emission standards for automobile refinishing coatings (see related story on page 21). The EPA is planning to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, the EPA is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection to determine whether it is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency. The EPA is required by law under the Clean Air Act to regulate volatile organic compounds emissions from the use of consumer and commercial products. Automobile refinishing coatings are included under this requirement.
Pelosi, Dingell Reach Agreement for Select Energy Committee
Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaker of the House of Representatives and John Dingell, D-Mich., chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, have reached an agreement on the structure of Pelosi's proposed select committee on global warming and energy dependence. This agreement allows Pelosi and Dingell to move forward with creating the committee. The new committee, which is likely to be led by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., will have no legislative authority and will expire Oct. 30, 2008.
Senators Reintroduce Promising Emissions Bill
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, have reintroduced legislation that would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent in the United States by 2050. The Global Warming Reduction Act promotes incentives to buy products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions for American businesses, roads, and homes. The legislation requires the U.S. to derive 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and that passenger vehicles reduce their global warming pollution.
This includes a requirement that all new passenger vehicles meet emission-reduction requirements comparable to those in the state of California. The bill also calls for an increase in renewable fuel content for gasoline to 10 billion gallons. This would require that all gas stations in the country have at least one pump selling fuel that is 85 percent ethanol (E85) by 2016.
Since Democrats took control of the U.S. Congress in January 2007, this is the sixth bill that includes greenhouse gas emission caps.
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