WASHINGTON D.C. - The EPA has begun an investigation into carbon dioxide producers after preliminary evaluation of emissions from the manufacture and dispensation of carbonated beverages.
The primary targets in the the emission of the global warming gas is Coca-Cola, a producer of carbonated soft drinks; Aneheuser Bush, a producer of carbonated alcoholic beverages; and Airgas Corporation (Airgas Carbonic and Airgas Dry Ice), the producer of liquefied and solid carbon-dioxide for use in commercial and industrial products and processes.
According to EPA Chief, Stephen L. Johnson, "As it has been brought to our attention, we have determined that the producers of these carbon-dioxide products account for approximately 38% of the total emissions of the hazardous carbon-dioxide gas into the atmosphere by human activity. The production of these carbonated beverages is of particular concern to us."
The volume of total carbon dioxide being produced and emitted in the beverage industry is still under study, however the EPA board has projected a potential cost to the industry of fines, or purchase of carbon credits, in excess of $500 billion. The figure, according to the EPA board is based on the 450-ton per day production of the chemical that is produced by each Airgas carbon dioxide plant, daily.
McDonald's Corporation and Wendy's, Inc., had no comment on the current investigation when asked about the possible impact on their beverage products and furthermore indicated that they had no knowledge of the current investigation.