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EPA Delays NSPS

February 8, 2012

The EPA has again delayed its proposal of New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) targeting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The agency passed a September settlement agreement deadline and has not set a date for the actual release.

The standards are undergoing political attacks, with House Republicans recently sending a letter to the OMB asking for the rule to be killed because of negative impacts on jobs and the economy.

Policy Integrity submitted comments to OIRA in December with recommendations on the design of the standards. These included not grandfathering in old plants and incorporating flexibility mechanisms to lower compliance costs for businesses.

Filed under Climate Change and Energy Policy, News