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  • EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations for Power Plants & Oil Refineries

    On December 23, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a two-year plan to set greenhouse gas emissions standards under the Clean Air Act for power plants and oil refineries. The U.S. EPA is scheduled to issue proposed regulations for power plants by July 26, 2011 and final regulations by May 26, 2012. Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator for air and ...

  • EPA Seeks Input on Federal Plan for Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants

    Reaching out and engaging with the public and stakeholders has been the agency’s top priority throughout the development of this rule, and EPA is committed to continuing this engagement moving forward. Based on input from states and stakeholders, EPA believes that many states will find the information included in this plan helpful as they begin to develop their own plans to cut carbon ...

  • EPA reducing fish kills at power plants, factories

    The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards Monday aimed at reducing the billions of fish, crabs and shrimp killed by cooling water systems at power plants and factories each year. The regulations will force more than 1,000 power plants and factories that withdraw at least 2 million gallons of water a day from adjacent waterways for cooling to take steps to minimize its toll on ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA seeks to cut power plant carbon by 30%

    The Environmental Protection Agency is rolling out a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting the first national limits on the chief gas linked to global warming. The rule being announced Monday is expected to be finalized next year. It is a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's plans to reduce ...


    By Associated Press

  • U.S. Power Plants Face New Environmental Regulations, Potential Retrofits

    Untitled Document EPA's new CWA Section 316(b) rule may significantly increase facility permitting and monitoring costs for of 543 major US power plants -- even requiring expensive retrofits of their cooling ...


    By AECOM

  • US EPA’s Gina McCarthy address: new regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and oil refineries

    PHOENIX, AZ – February 1, 2011 – Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation , was the keynote speaker during the plenary session of EUEC 2011, the USA’s largest energy, utility and environment conference held at the Phoenix Convention Center from January 31 through February 2, 2011. The ...

  • Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators. The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly take costs into account when it first decided to regulate the toxic emissions ...


    By Associated Press

  • House GOP moves to block EPA rules on power plants

    In a long-expected skirmish, House Republicans are moving to block President Barack Obama's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. A bill targeting the power plant rule is slated for a vote on the House floor Thursday as GOP lawmakers fight back against what they call the Obama administration's "war on coal." Obama's proposal, ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Carbon Standards for Modified Plants Impose Double Regulation, Utilities Say

    An Environmental Protection Agency proposed rule that would require modified and reconstructed power plants to meet two different carbon dioxide emissions standards under separate provisions of the Clean Air Act is illegal, states and industry groups said. “The EPA provides no discussion regarding how an affected [electricity generating unit] could meet two different standards, the basis ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • EPA plans to regulate coal ash

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today is proposing the first-ever national rules to ensure the safe disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. Coal combustion residuals, commonly known as coal ash, are byproducts of the combustion of coal at power plants and are disposed of in liquid form at large surface impoundments and in solid form at landfills. The residuals ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Dialogue on performance standards for existing power plants: participant comments to EPA

    In two legal challenges filed in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, a number of states and non-governmental organizations sought to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate new and existing power plants under section 111 of the Clean Air Act. In December 2010, EPA settled the lawsuit by agreeing to a schedule for regulating power plants. This ...

  • EPA Proposal to Regulate Carbon Dioxide From Existing Plants Under OMB Review

    The White House is reviewing an Environmental Protection Agency proposal that would set the first carbon dioxide emissions limits for existing power plants. However, the EPA has revealed few details of what the proposed new source performance standards might entail. The EPA sent its proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review March 31. “They're doing a ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • EPA Consulted With Hundreds of Groups On Carbon Rule for Existing Power Plants

    Senior Environmental Protection Agency officials consulted with at least 210 separate groups representing a broad range of interests in the Washington area and held more than 100 meetings and events with additional organizations across regional offices as the agency prepared its carbon pollution regulation for existing power plants. Data provided to Bloomberg BNA upon request show the agency held ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • EPA expects to revise rules for wastewater discharges from power plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to revise the existing standards for water discharges from coal-fired power plants to reduce pollution and better protect America’s water. Wastewater discharged from coal ash ponds, air pollution control equipment, and other equipment at power plants can contaminate drinking water sources, cause fish and other wildlife to die and create other ...

  • EPA Updates Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued updates to pollution limits for new power plants under the mercury and air toxics standards, based on new information and analysis that became available to the agency after the rule was finalized. The updates are largely technical in nature and will have no impact on the sensible, achievable and cost-effective standards already set for ...

  • EPA to issue strict rules for US power plant air toxics

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to adopt rules reducing toxic air pollution from the nation’s coal- and oil-burning power plants by November 2011, according to a settlement agreement reached in a federal lawsuit brought against the Agency by a coalition of public health and environmental groups. The settlement has been lodged in the United States District Court for the ...

  • EPA Proposes to Reduce Toxic Pollutants Discharged into Waterways by Power Plants

    In accordance with a consent decree and in line with requirements under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today will propose a range of options to help reduce dangerous pollutants, including mercury, arsenic, lead, and selenium that are released into America’s waterways by coal ash, air pollution control waste and other waste from steam electric power ...

  • EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Permit for West Texas Power Plant

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to the Invenergy Thermal Development LLC, Ector County Energy Center, Ector County, Texas. The company plans to construct a new simple-cycle power generation facility. “Facilities like Invenergy’s show Texas can provide power while ...

  • More Than 120 Groups Report Lobbying Congress on Existing Power Plant Regulations

    At least 120 groups ranging from large publicly traded companies to environmental organizations continued strong lobbying efforts directed at Congress this quarter on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations to curb carbon pollution from power plants. Many of those groups focused their attention on legislation in the Senate (S. 1905) that would curtail the EPA's authority to ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Statements on EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants

    Following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed the first Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution from new power plants. EPA’s proposed standard reflects the ongoing trend in the power sector to build cleaner plants that take advantage of American-made technologies, including new, clean-burning, efficient natural gas generation, which ...

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