EPA Chief: No Politics Behind Delay in Climate Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 20: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy addresses a breakfast event at the National Press Club September 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. McCarthy announced that the EPA is proposing regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions, which requires future coal burning power plants to decrease 40 percent of their emission. 
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Ben Geman
Jan. 16, 2014, 6:45 a.m.

En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency Ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy is deny­ing GOP claims that a delay in the form­al pub­lic­a­tion of cli­mate-change rules for power plants was polit­ic­al, de­signed to avoid com­plet­ing the reg­u­la­tions be­fore the 2014 elec­tions.

EPA re­leased pro­posed car­bon-emis­sions stand­ards for new power plants in Septem­ber, but they were not pub­lished in the Fed­er­al Re­gister un­til earli­er this month, which trig­gers the form­al pub­lic-com­ment pro­cess.

“I think the EPA’s delay is de­signed to post­pone con­tro­ver­sial news dur­ing an elec­tion year,” said Sen. Dav­id Vit­ter of Louisi­ana, the top Re­pub­lic­an on the Sen­ate En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee, dur­ing a hear­ing Thursday.

But Mc­Carthy said the delay was not EPA’s fault and that the agency “tried very hard” to get them pub­lished.

“As soon as that pro­pos­al was re­leased, we had sub­mit­ted it to the Fed­er­al Re­gister of­fice. The delay was solely the backup in the Fed­er­al Re­gister of­fice,” Mc­Carthy said in re­sponse to charges from Vit­ter and Sen. James In­hofe, R-Okla.


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