EPA issues draft greenhouse gas emission standards for new power plants

On January 8, EPA published for public comment its proposed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Electric Utility Generating Units (EGUs), under section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act.  This rule would set carbon dioxide performance standards for fossil fuel-fired electric generating units.  The performance standard for fossil fuels other than natural gas (e.g., coal, pet coke, and oil) is based on partial implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS). Because EPA does not project the future construction of any coal-fired EGUs without CCS in the absence of the rule, it has certified the rule as not having a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities.

Comments are due on or before March 10, 2014.  EPA will hold a public hearing on January 28, in Washington, D.C. (Information on speaking at the public hearing is at the beginning of the proposed rule.)