EPA urged to increase support for US carbon capture projects


Eight US business groups, representing five US states, have raised concerns related to uncertain permitting timelines for Class VI injection wells, or CO2 injection wells, and the lengthy process for states to secure primacy.

In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), addressed to Administrator Michael Regan, the group said they are joining the growing bipartisan chorus of stakeholders and policymakers that are calling attention to the lack of movement that is obstructing needed investments in CCS.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Manufacturers Association, the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, the Texas Economic Development Council, and the Greater Houston Partnership all signed the letter.

Those organisations suggest that while CCS has been given full support from the Biden Administration, the permitting process for CO2 injection wells has been stagnant since the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was approved.

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