EPA: Implementing MACT while CSAPR is blocked

For those who may have missed it, the EPA released the final version of its Utility MACT rule on December 21st. The rule was ostensibly designed to address the release of mercury emissions from large coal-fueled utility generation sources. Responses to the EPA’s actions have been widespread and generally negative. Obviously, the more extreme green movement has lauded the rule, claiming that it will ensure cleaner air. However, a closer look at the science and statistics underlying the rule indicate that it will be a massively expensive, largely ineffective, job killer.

At the same time as the EPA is pressing forward on the Utility MACT a federal appeals court issued a stay, blocking the January 1, 2012 implementation date for another important EPA rule. Pending further court review, the U.S. District Court of Appeals has blocked the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), which rushed to set strict new limits on the the release of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and sulfur dioxide (SOX).

Honestly it has been difficult to keep pace with the growing level of information that demonstrates the far reaching destructive impacts of the EPA’s rushed regulations. Numerous sources question the so-called science underlying these rule and argue that forcing utilities to implement these changes in a few short years will cost billions of dollars, restrict energy choices, bring on energy supplies issues and rotating blackouts, and put millions of Americans out of work.

To help Coalblog readers keep pace with this issue, I have listed just a few of the articles that discuss the impending regulations,

If Coalblog readers see more articles on this issue out there, please send them our way, or link to them in the comments below. I will get to them as quickly as possible.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

About Jason Hayes

Jason Hayes is the Associate Director of the American Coal Council and Editor-in-Chief of American Coal magazine.

04. January 2012 by Jason Hayes
Categories: CSAPR, Emissions, Energy, Environment, EPA, Industry Reports, Marketplace Information, Policy, Power Generation, Regulation, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off