The Environmental Protection Agency's slowness in issuing Class VI permits for carbon capture and storage projects has become a barrier for industries seeking to invest in these technologies, observers say. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz "have recognized this as an important topic of concern, and there have already been a series of discussions in working groups to try to understand what the circumstance is on the ground and how to make it better," said Julio Friedmann of the Office of Fossil Energy at DOE. An interagency task force, which includes the Interior Department, EPA, and DOE, is working to streamline the permitting process.

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