Regulators Ask EPA to Seek State Input In Drafting Regulations

The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia, October 30, 2009. In cooperation with AEP, the French company Alstom unveiled the world's largest carbon capture facility at a coal plant, so called 'clean coal,' which will store around 100,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide a year 2,1 kilometers (7,200 feet) underground.
National Journal
Clare Foran
Nov. 21, 2013, 2:55 a.m.

The Na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Reg­u­lat­ory Util­ity Com­mis­sion­ers called on the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency to grant states broad dis­cre­tion in de­cid­ing how to im­ple­ment up­com­ing reg­u­la­tions on ex­ist­ing power plants.

In a res­ol­u­tion ad­op­ted Wed­nes­day, the NARUC also asked the agency to so­li­cit com­ment from state gov­ern­ments and reg­u­lat­ory bod­ies as it writes the rule, which is due to be re­leased in draft form next sum­mer and fi­nal­ized the fol­low­ing year.

Ac­cord­ing to the text of the res­ol­u­tion, the NARUC “urges the EPA, in de­vel­op­ing any emis­sions guidelines for reg­u­lat­ing car­bon emis­sions from ex­ist­ing power plants, to re­cog­nize the primacy of States to rely on both State util­ity and en­vir­on­ment­al reg­u­lat­ors to lead the cre­ation of emis­sion per­form­ance sys­tems that re­flect the policies, en­ergy needs, re­source mix, eco­nom­ic con­di­tions of each State and re­gion.”

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