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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