House panel schedules two more hearings on EPA air initiatives

The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans a June 28 hearing by its Subcommittee on Energy and Power that will be the next installment of its series of hearings on the “American Energy Initiative.”

The focus for the June 28 session will be the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposal to tighten National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particulate matter. “Members of the subcommittee are concerned changes to the standard may result in significant adverse economic consequences and job losses, and that all the potential alternatives have not been thoroughly reviewed, including retention of the current standard,” said a June 22 statement about the hearing from the Republican majority on the committee.

On June 29, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power will continue its American Energy Initiative hearings, this time with a focus on EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations. Building on a June 19 hearing that featured testimony from affected stakeholders, including coal producer CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) and power generator Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the subcommittee will take testimony from Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, regarding the agency’s current, pending, and potential greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act. McCarthy is scheduled to be the sole witness for the hearing.

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