EPA to create biomass exception to CO2 standards

EPA biomass notice

EPA biomass notice

The EPA has decided that “bioenergy and other biogenic stationary sources” will be exempted from the carbon dioxide permitting standards under the Title V Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule. As a result, it is estimated that there will be a three-year period during which biomass burning will not count against greenhouse gas emissions for the purpose of Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V permits relating to CO2. The exemption will be effective as soon as it is published in the Federal Register. Examples of the types of operations that will be able to take advantage of the EPA’s biomass exception include: biomass combustion, municipal solid waste combustion, biogas usage, and fermentation operations.

The New York Times has a short piece about the biomass exception and the EPA draft final rule is also available.