ACC CEO discusses MATS rule
ACC CEO Betsy Monseu was quoted in a recent FoxNews.com article on the EPA’s impending Mercury and Air Toxics Rule (MATS).
EPA’s MATS rules, which go into effect in January 2016, will devastate coal production in America and force many older power plants to close because the cost of retrofitting them will be too high.
Combined with other EPA policies and regulations, Betsy Monseu, CEO of the American Coal Council said, “Starting in about 2012 and continuing to 2020, we’ll have about 60 gigawatts of coal-fired generation coming off-line…and the majority of that will come off in regard to the implementation of MATS in 2015 and 2016.”
One of Monseu’s issues is the way she said the administration is targeting coal, which currently fuels around 40 percent of the electricity produced in the U.S. “Increasingly we face a situation where policy is dictated not by Congressional mandate but rather by executive order and regulatory mandate from the EPA,” she said.
The article also features comments from Wyoming Governor, Matt Mead who argues that the EPA is waging a war against coal and notes that we should focus our energy policy on improving our existing energy resources, rather than using regulation to “tak(e) energy sources off the table.”