EPA Delays Emissions Rules as Energy Companies Prepare for a Tumultuous Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it will delay releasing the final rules for new power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions. The rules are now scheduled to be released sometime this summer.

The EPA’s 2015 Plan for the Carbon Emissions Rules
The rules for new power plants were expected to be released on January 8, 2015, but the EPA held a press conference on the 7th to announce that they would instead be releasing both sets of rules for new and existing power plants at the same time. “We believe it’s essential to consider these overlapping issues in a coordinated fashion,” said Janet McCabe, the EPA’s acting administrator for air quality.

The EPA will take this time to further review the feedback gathered during the comment period, having received more than 4 million public comments. McCabe also announced that the EPA will begin drafting a “model rule” … Read more...

U.S. Senate poised to tackle EPA’s emissions authority

The next few days are critical for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The organization declared late last year it would expand its mandate and regulate greenhouse gas emissions from plants and refineries, a move that has not been popular with Republicans and a handful of Democrats.

The Senate will vote in the coming days – potentially as early as Wednesday – on three amendments to a small business bill that could potentially limit the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gasses, an ability that is provided by both the Clean Air Act and a 2007 Supreme Court decision on the agency’s scope. By regulating the emissions of U.S. plants and refineries, the EPA would be able to regulate emissions from sources that represent more than 40 per cent of nationwide greenhouse gas emissions.

However, it must overcome the many legislative roadblocks that, to varying degrees, would prevent it from regulating emissions from … Read more...