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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 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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 ...

  • Texas Power Plants "Enter the MATRICS" to Comply with New CSAPR Regulations

    With the EPA’s new Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) going into effect in less than a week, power plants across the southwest are scrambling to ensure that they comply with new federal regulations. On Dec. 26, Houston-based consulting firm ACS Engineering ...


  • 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

  • EPA moving forward on greenhouse gas regulation

    Under a final decision issued today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) no stationary sources will be required to get Clean Air Act permits that cover greenhouse gases (GHGs) before January 2011. The delay in requiring power plants and other industrial sites to obtain federal pollution permits for emitting greenhouse gases formally affirms an agency announcement last month that it ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Group sues EPA over invasive species regulations

    An environmental group said Wednesday it has sued the federal government, contending that recently established regulations for ships to treat ballast water before releasing it into U.S. waterways aren't strong enough to prevent more aquatic species invasions. The National Wildlife Federation's lawsuit asks a federal appeals court to rule that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA says it intends to regulate emissions by US airliners

    The Obama administration proposed Wednesday to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way as power plants, saying they are a threat to human health because they contain pollutants that help cause global warming. Using its authority under The Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency's preliminary finding of endangerment to human health clears the way for possible U.S. adoption of ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Official Defends Power Plant Proposal As House Republicans Question Legality

    The Environmental Protection Agency's top air official told a House subcommittee June 19 that the agency has the legal authority under a little-used section of the Clean Air Act to issue a proposed rule to curb carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. “What we've done with this rule is completely within the four corners of” Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, Janet ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • EPA mercury and air toxics rules for power plants: 20+ years in the making

    As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares to release new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), some people may be wondering about the history and timeline for these standards. One Senator recently claimed that EPA is “charging ahead” with them. These standards, however, have been in development for over ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Groups Applaud EPA Action to Reduce Water Pollution From Power Plants

    Strong Rules Could Keep Millions of Pounds of Toxic Metals Out of Waterways WASHINGTON - In response to action by leading U.S. environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to keep pollution from coal plant smokestacks out of America's waterways. EPA will issue these new rules, which would protect Americans from millions of ...


    By Defenders of Wildlife

  • 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 ...

  • 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

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