Group to seek more time for comments on EPA CO2 proposal

The Electric Reliability Coordinating Council (ERCC) expects to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the Oct. 16 deadline for comments on proposed greenhouse gas rules for existing power plants.

ERCC will shortly be filing with EPA its request for extension of the comment period for the rule limiting carbon emissions from existing facilities under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, a spokesperson for the organization said July 7.

“Both the EPA and the regulated community could use the additional time to address technical and legal problems with the proposal,” the spokesperson said. “If these issues go unaddressed, the Agency is more likely to have a rule that will be set aside by the federal courts or collapse under its own weight due to poorly conceptualized outcomes for states, utility regulators, system operators, sister federal agencies, and others charged with ultimate implementation of the rule,” the spokesperson said.

EPA announced its long-expected Clean Power Plan on June 2. It then formally published the official text of the rule proposal in the June 18 Federal Register. The EPA seeks to require states to draft plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

EPA will hold public hearings on the proposed rule July 29.

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