By Portland Business Journal

Oregon has joined 12 other states in support of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from large industrial sources.

The EPA last year began requiring permits for large industrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions. In response, a group backed by oil, steel and chemical industries filed a lawsuit challenging the EPAâ¿¿s authority to regulate carbon emissions under the U.S. Clean Air Act.

Oregon and the other states intervened today on behalf of the EPA's position.

⿿The science is clear,⿝ said Oregon Attorney General John Kroger in a statement. ⿿Global climate change harms public health, and the EPA is taking the right approach by focusing on the big sources of pollution.⿝

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