• EPA Issues Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases
  • December 21, 2009 | Authors: J. Gordon Arbuckle; Timothy A. Vanderver
  • Law Firm: Patton Boggs LLP - Washington Office
  • On December 7, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its “endangerment finding” for carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases (GHGs). EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson found that GHGs threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations, and GHG emissions from new motor vehicles cause or contribute to GHG pollution. This finding imposes no regulatory requirements on industry or other entities, but is a prerequisite to finalizing the agency’s proposed GHG standards for light-duty vehicles (the mobile source standard). This Energy/Environmental Alert examines several likely and potential impacts.