On July 11, 2008, EPA published for public comment an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on the question whether, and if so, how, EPA should regulate carbon dioxide as a criteria air pollutant under the Clean Air Act. EPA simultaneously published a letter from Susan Dudley, Administrator of OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, publicly distancing the Bush administration from EPA’s proposal. Comments sent to EPA by other federal agencies also were made public.
This set of events may be unprecedented in the annals of federal regulatory poliicy. Today we begin a series providing a policy-neutral examination of the documents and the issues presented.
The documents in question are provided on EPA’s climate change web site:
EPA’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) (PDF)
Public comments are due 120 days after these documents are published in the Federal Register. It can be stated with certainty that the number and length of public comments will be extraordinary.
Neutral Source will publish a (near) daily (small) dose of information and analysis on this ANPRM.
UPDATE: “Near daily” has turned into “not at all yet.” I apologize for not keeping up. We’ve had some distractions since the summer and we’re just beginning to get caught up.