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EPA extends public comment period on NSPS for new power plants until early May


From the February 27, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 27, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor

The Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that it is extending the comment period on its proposed New Source Performance Standards for new power plants by 60 days, to May 9. 

The original deadline for comments was March 10.

Under the EPA proposed rule, new coal-fired plants would be required to use capture and storage of a portion of their carbon emissions "as the best system of emission reduction" and would have to meet an emission limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour. Capture and storage of all of a plant's emissions would be too expensive, according to the agency. The proposed emission limits for natural gas-fired plants are 1,000 lb CO2/MWh for larger units and 1,100 lb CO2/MWh for smaller units. The proposed rule, which was published in the Jan. 8 Federal Register, is posted online

The day after the proposed rule was published, APPA said it "is extremely disappointed" with the proposal. The proposed rule "effectively precludes coal going forward as a resource for electricity generation" and "could likely lead to higher electricity rates in the coming years," the association said. (See Public Power Daily, Jan. 9.)

Comments on the proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants must reference this docket number: EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0495. For information on how to file comments, see the EPA website.

The announcement about the change in the deadline is available on theagency's website.

 

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