The Environmental Protection Agency is considering allowing some plants to become greenhouse gas exempt from a rule that requires them to use less CO2.
The rule requires plants to reduce their CO2 emissions by at least 5 percent a year, but it does not require them to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide they capture.
The EPA has been considering the possibility for years, but the agency announced Thursday it would begin looking at the possibility.
The move is the latest step by the agency to allow the planting of plants that can capture CO2 from the air to be eligible for exemption.
The new rule would allow plant owners to choose what plants they want to include on their property, the EPA said.
The agency’s final rule could be released as early as July 1.
The plants include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries.
In addition, it could allow the plants to be planted in locations where there is a natural buffer against rising temperatures.
The greenhouses that will be exempted could produce up to a million gallons of water per year, the agency said.
It is unclear if the plant owners will be able to sell the plants, but they could still use them to grow crops or sell their water back to the public.
In an effort to protect the environment, the government requires plants with greenhouse gas emissions to be at least 25 percent less than the EPA’s standard.
The government also limits the amount plants can emit to less than 1 percent of the amount they can capture.