03/12/2009 03:41 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

EPA Chief Expected To Declare That Greenhouse Gases Pose Health Threat

The measure which affects chemical manufacturers, oil refineries, automakers and electronic manufacturers nationwide reverses a 2006 regulation enacted by President George Bush that eased the reporting requirements for nearly 600 chemicals, including arsenic, benzene and cadmium. [2] The legislation restores the standard established by law in 1986, compelling all facilities to inform the public of any chemical releases that total 500 pounds a year or more, lowering Bush had adopted. [2] The 2006 rule change did not lower the threshold for identifying releases of what EPA calls " persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals but it eased rules for reporting how these chemicals are managed. [2] New Jersey and California, which have a high number of chemical plants, are among the states most affected by the change. [2] Greenwire reported that scientists at the EPA are working intensively to prepare documents demonstrating that carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases are a danger to the American public. [1] The Bush administration never acted on the Supreme Court's ruling, but Jackson is expected to make greenhouse gas regulation a centerpiece of the Obama administration's environmental strategy [1]
  1. EPA Chief Expected To Declare That Greenhouse Gases Pose Health Threat (Yale Environment 360)
  2. New Rule Tightens Reporting Requirements for Toxic Chemicals (Sightline)