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EPA expected to act on carbon dioxide regulation: report

Source:  Copyright 2009, Reuters
Date:  February 18, 2009
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to act soon to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, The New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing senior Obama administration officials.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has asked her staff to review the latest scientific evidence and prepare documentation for a finding that greenhouse gas pollution endangers public health and welfare, the newspaper said.

There is wide expectation that Jackson will act by April 2, the second anniversary of a Supreme Court decision that found that EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse pollution under the U.S. Clean Air Act.

Jackson said that she had not decided to issue such a finding, but pointedly noted the impending anniversary of the ruling, the paper said.

EPA scientists responded to the ruling last summer with a finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger human health.

The Bush administration, which ...

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