EPA Seeks to Advance Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies

Aug. 4, 2011
Action supports national framework for the safe use of clean energy technology

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule to advance the use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies, while protecting Americans’ health and the environment.

CCS technologies allow carbon dioxide (CO2) to be captured at stationary sources, like coal-fired power plants and large industrial operations, and injected underground for long-term storage in a process called geologic sequestration.

The proposal is consistent with recommendations made by President Obama’s interagency task force on CO2 sequestration and helps create a consistent national framework to ensure the safe and effective deployment of technologies that will help position the U.S. as a leader in the global clean energy race.

Based on review of existing regulatory programs, EPA’s proposal concludes that the management of CO2 streams under the proposed conditions does not present a substantial risk to people’s health or the environment, provides regulatory certainty to industries considering the use of CCS technologies, and encourages the deployment of CCS technologies in a safe and environmentally protective manner.

The proposed rule is complementary to previous EPA rulemakings, including final rules under the Clean Air Act, which require reporting by facilities that capture or inject CO2 streams, and Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, which ensure the wells used for geologic sequestration of CO2 are appropriately sited, constructed, tested, monitored and closed. EPA will accept public comments on the proposal for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

Source: EPA

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