EPA could relax climate rules for new coal plants

From: Washington Examiner

By John Siciliano

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Tozzi argues the rule violates the Data Quality Act by proposing to use carbon capture technology as the standard for emissions reduction because it is not commercially available. The act requires regulatory agencies to follow strict guidelines in making scientific and technological assessments, especially if used as the basis of regulation.

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In correspondence he shared with the Washington Examiner, EPA officials argue that the rule was based on sound science, and it intends to show its legal basis once the regulation is made final.

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Changes Likely in Final Version of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

From: Environmental Leader

Adam Riedel, Associate | Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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Emissions Standards for New and Modified Power Plants

DOE suspends stimulus funding for Calif. carbon-capture project

From: E&E Publishing

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter

The Department of Energy has suspended Recovery Act funding for a California project to trap carbon emissions from a coal-fired power plant, an agency spokeswoman said.

DOE had set aside $408 million for Hydrogen Energy California LLC’s effort to produce power from coal and petroleum coke, trap most of its CO2 emissions, and use the carbon for making fertilizer and stimulating oil wells. Of the total, $275 million was American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars.

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Once Hailed As Solution to Climate Change, Carbon Capture and Storage ‘Is Not Happening’

From: EcoWatch

Paul Brown, Climate News Network

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is backed by governments and the International Energy Agency (IEA) as one of the best methods of reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and saving the planet from overheating.

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Another problem is that the technology for removing carbon from fossil fuels, either before or after combustion, uses 40 percent more fuel to achieve the same amount of power.

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Meetings between coal industry and White House draw attention

Editor’s Note:  See the important role that DOE has interagency review of reglations.

 

From: Energy Examiner | Washington Examiner

An article earlier this week by Washington Examiner energy and environment Writer John Siciliano on meetings between the White House and the coal industry is getting some attention.

The story was about the National Mining Association pressing the Office of Management and Budget to change EPA’s technology standard for cutting emissions for new coal-fired power plants.

EPA Climate Change Program: The Data Quality Act Ensures That the Federal Administrative Process Is Neither Ignored Nor Abused

Editor’s Note: CRE issued the following press release several months ago; we are releasing it again given the meetings being held at OMB on the same topic.

By the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness

­­WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire­USNewswire/ — ­­ It has been fifteen years since the passage of the Data Quality Act. During this period it has gone through a number of transitions and as of this date it continues to evolve in both the Executive and Judicial Branches of government. The following letter to the Secretary of Energy from the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness demonstrates the important role the statute plays in ensuring that regulatory agencies do not ignore established administrative procedures in developing regulations for new coal fired plants.

Coal Industry Lobbies White House to Back Off on New Power Plant Rules

Editor’s Note: For information on the origin of the interim standard proposal, please see OMB Can Break the Tie on CCS by Exercising its Authorities under the Data Quality Act.

From: Inside Climate News

Urging a retreat from costly emissions-cutting technology, coal advocates offer less-stringent approach.

By John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News

[Inside Climate News] Editor’s note: This article is part a series of stories by InsideClimate News reporters exploring the future of the coal industry, Coal’s Long Goodbye: Dispatches From the War on Carbon.

Will EPA Drop New Coal Carbon Capture Requirement?

From: Environmental Leader

The EPA may be backing off its carbon capture requirements, according to InsideEPA.

The agency’s original draft of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for carbon dioxide would require all new coal-fired power plants to meet a standard of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per MWh of power produced, which can only be achieved with partial carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

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A Regulatory Antidote for CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage)

PR Newswire

Reuters

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Inside EPA reports that it is likely that CCS is not in the New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) rule sent by EPA to OMB for interagency review. In response to this information some stakeholder groups are rallying their supporters to meet with OMB to reverse the decision.

It should be noted that all parties interested in a viable climate change program cannot afford to have EPA reversed in court on a rule which is predicate to the issuance of subsequent climate change rules. The elimination of CCS from the rule will make it virtually litigation proof; litigants will be mining for fools gold.

EPA Appears To Drop New Coal CCS Requirement From Draft Final NSPS

From: Inside EPA

EPA appears to have dropped its controversial requirement that new coal plants install partial carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) from its draft final new source performance standards (NSPS) that it recently sent to the White House for interagency review, according to one informed source.

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