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Carnegie Mellon team makes sequestration recommendations
Date:7/23/2009

of the regulatory details. For this reason, developing an "adaptive two-stage" approach to regulation is a key part of their proposal.

Sean T. McCoy, the CCSReg project manager, said the four policy briefs address the needed framework for comprehensive regulation of CCS; the regulatory framework for pipelines transporting CO2 for geologic sequestration; governing access to and use of pore space for geologic sequestration; and managing liability and long-term stewardship for geological sequestration. Specific recommendations include:

  • Amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to direct Underground Injection Control (UIC) program regulators to create adaptive, performance-based rules for geologic sequestration, and to include mechanisms to resolve conflicts between multiple environmental objectives.
  • Expand the federal UIC program to address conflicting uses of pore space during permitting; creating new federal legislation that would limit the trespass liability of a sequestration project developer operating pursuant to a valid UIC permit.
  • Modify the Federal Land Policy Management Act to specifically authorize the use of federal lands for geologic sequestration.
  • Create a Federal Geologic Sequestration Board (FGSB) that would oversee long-term stewardship of adequately closed sequestration projects.
  • Create a revolving fund, based upon risk-based assessment on geologic sequestration projects during their operating life, which will finance the FGSB and any remediation or compensation necessary during long-term stewardship.
  • Create a stopgap federal indemnity program for the stewardship phase of "first-mover" geologic sequestration projects.
  • Develop an "opt-in" federal regulatory regime providing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority to grant or deny applications for federal siting permits for new CO2 pipelines built for the purposes of geologic sequestration.


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Contact: Chriss Swaney
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412-268-5776
Carnegie Mellon University
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