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EPA finds greenhouse gases endanger human health (shocker.)
EPA's proposed "endangerment finding," sent to the Obama administration on Friday, could pave the way for U.S. limits on emissions that spur climate change.
"I think it's historic news," said Frank O'Donnell of the environmental group Clean Air Watch. "It is going to set the stage for the first-ever national limits on global warming pollution."
The substance of the proposal was not immediately made public but the White House Office of Management and Budget showed EPA sent a proposed rule for an "Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases under the Clean Air Act."
An endangerment finding is essential for the U.S. government to regulate such climate-warming emissions as carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act.
The environment agency had no comment on the endangerment finding, but no such finding is sent to the White House unless the EPA determines that human health and welfare are threatened.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the EPA has the authority to make these regulations if human health is threatened by global warming pollution, but no regulations went forward during the Bush administration.
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