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"It was an unusual solution to an unusual problem, said Gary Kruse, who tracks policies affecting the energy industry for the firm Arbo. He said he expects the EPA will work to make case-by-case exceptions to companies based on “good faith efforts” to comply.
“For the Biden administration to force Cheniere to reduce shipments at this critical time, coming into the winter, given what is going on in Ukraine and Europe,” he said, “it would be very harmful for all kinds of reasons.”
New emissions limits on formaldehyde and other toxic pollutants are shaking up the energy industry at a time when it is running full-steam ahead to send supplies to Europe.
In letters and emails between the Environmental Protection Agency and Cheniere Energy’s attorneys, the Houston company argues the agency’s new limits are poorly timed and unnecessary given the “minimal” risks associated with its emissions. (The EPA’s formaldehyde limit is set to 91 parts per billion; symptoms such as watery eyes, burning throat and wheezing are associated with breathing in levels exceeding 100 parts per billion.)