"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent its final proposal on whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to human health and welfare to the White House for review, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told Reuters on Monday.
The EPA's final finding, if it follows the agency's earlier assessment and is approved by the Office of Management and Budget, would allow the EPA to issue rules later to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, even if Congress fails to pass legislation to cut U.S. emissions of the heat-trapping gases that contribute to global warming.
'We sent the final proposal over to OMB on Friday,' Jackson said in an interview at her EPA headquarters' office.
She said the OMB has up to 90 days to review the proposal, but the EPA would like a quicker timetable.
'We've briefed them a couple of times. So we're hoping for an expedited review,' Jackson said."
Tom Doggett reports for Reuters November 9, 2009.