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47 senators ask EPA to provide 120 days to comment on proposed carbon emissions rule for existing plants

From the May 27, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 27, 2014

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director

A bipartisan group of 47 senators asked the Environmental Protection Agency to provide a 120-day comment period for its forthcoming proposed New Source Performance Standards for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. An extended comment period is needed, given "the significant impacts this rule could have on our nation’s electricity providers and consumers, on jobs in communities that have existing coal-based power plants, and on the economy as a whole," the senators said in a May 22 letter.

Stakeholders will need time to analyze the proposed rule’s "impact on individual power plants, reliability and consumer cost, and on the electric system as a whole," the senators said. That "will be no small undertaking, as this will be the first ever regulation of greenhouse gases from existing power plants."

"Affordable, reliable, and redundant sources of electricity are essential to the economic well-being of our states and the quality of life of our constituents," the letter said. "While we all agree that clean air is vitally important, EPA has an obligation to understand the impacts that regulations have on all segments of society."

EPA is expected to propose its performance standards for existing power plants June 2.

The May 22 letter is available at


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