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A341, R335, H4888
Sponsors: Reps. Duncan, Ott, Forrester and Mitchell
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Introduced in the House on April 22, 2010
Introduced in the Senate on May 13, 2010
Last Amended on May 20, 2010
Passed by the General Assembly on June 1, 2010
Governor's Action: June 11, 2010, Signed
Summary: Tailoring Rule
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4/22/2010 House Introduced and read first time HJ-43 4/22/2010 House Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs HJ-43 4/29/2010 House Committee report: Favorable Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs HJ-6 4/30/2010 Scrivener's error corrected 5/6/2010 House Debate adjourned until Tuesday, May 11, 2010 5/12/2010 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Mitchell 5/12/2010 House Debate adjourned HJ-88 5/12/2010 House Read second time HJ-91 5/13/2010 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-8 5/13/2010 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-12 5/13/2010 Senate Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources SJ-12 5/19/2010 Senate Polled out of committee Agriculture and Natural Resources SJ-37 5/19/2010 Senate Committee report: Favorable Agriculture and Natural Resources SJ-37 5/20/2010 Senate Amended SJ-42 5/20/2010 Senate Read second time SJ-42 5/25/2010 Scrivener's error corrected 5/26/2010 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments SJ-49 6/1/2010 House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled HJ-87 6/1/2010 House Roll call Yeas-97 Nays-0 HJ-87 6/7/2010 Ratified R 335 6/11/2010 Signed By Governor 7/1/2010 Effective date See Act for Effective Date 9/9/2010 Act No. 341
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(A341, R335, H4888)
A JOINT RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY GREENHOUSE GAS REGULATIONS FOR STATIONARY SOURCES IN ORDER TO GIVE THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SUFFICIENT TIME TO PROMULGATE APPROPRIATE REGULATIONS, IF REQUIRED.
Whereas, on April 1, 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Transportation jointly issued the Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards, in reliance on findings by the EPA's Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings that GHG emissions may be reasonably anticipated to endanger human health and welfare, and that GHG emissions from regulated vehicles may cause or contribute to endangerment; and
Whereas, when these new vehicle standards take effect, the EPA has determined that the new vehicle standards will result in new air permitting requirements under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V permit programs of the Clean Air Act and under South Carolina law for stationary source facilities that emit greenhouse gases; and
Whereas, if PSD and Title V permitting requirements are applied to stationary source facilities that emit greenhouse gases at the threshold levels currently applicable under the Clean Air Act and South Carolina law, over eight hundred currently permitted minor sources and an untold number of small businesses not currently required to have air permits will require major source permit review; and
Whereas, requiring major source permit review for these additional facilities would result in significant financial expenditures and substantial delays for the affected businesses, a backlog of permits under review, an excessive administrative burden on the State, and the hindrance of new financial investments in South Carolina; and
Whereas, because the EPA has concluded that applying current statutory thresholds to GHG emissions would lead to "absurd results" and "administrative impossibility" in these two permitting programs, the EPA has proposed to adopt a provision known as the "Tailoring Rule" which will substantially raise the threshold levels for greenhouse gas emissions that trigger major source permit review under the federal PSD and Title V programs of the Clean Air Act; however, EPA's Tailoring Rule will not be effective in this State unless enacted into state law; and
Whereas, several organizations and states, including South Carolina, have petitioned the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the EPA's Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings as arbitrary and capricious, and otherwise not in accordance with applicable laws; and
Whereas, several organizations and states have petitioned the EPA to reconsider its Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for GHGs to account for new information about the validity of the scientific information used to justify the findings; and
Whereas, due to the recent regulatory uncertainty concerning the judicial challenges and administrative requests relating to the EPA's Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings, and in order to provide clarity and consistency in South Carolina as to air pollution control permitting requirements and assessment of environmental fees related to greenhouse gas emissions and to lessen the administrative and financial burden on South Carolina's businesses, while continuing to protect the public health and the environment, it is necessary that South Carolina adopt these potential rules until such time as the State promulgates appropriate amendments of its regulations, if required.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Rules to be effective and implemented
SECTION 1. In the event that the United States Environmental Protection Agency adopts rules that raise the threshold levels of GHG emissions that will trigger a requirement for emitters of greenhouse gases in South Carolina, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the rules shall be immediately effective in this State on an interim basis and implemented by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control pursuant to this joint resolution.
SECTION 2. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor and shall remain in effect until regulations concerning GHGs are promulgated.
Ratified the 7th day of June, 2010.
Approved the 11th day of June, 2010.
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