R44615 – EPA’s Recent Methane Regulations: Legal Overview – 9/6/2016

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EPA’s Recent Methane Regulations: Legal Overview

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Author: Linda Tsang, Legislative Attorney
Pages: 16

President Obama’s "Climate Action Plan" aims to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs). One of the initiatives within the Plan focuses on the control of emissions of methane, a short-lived climate pollutant. In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies developed an interagency "Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions" (Methane Strategy) that outlined voluntary actions and potential agency rulemakings to cut methane emissions.