GHG rules to be delayed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to delay draft greenhouse-gas emissions limits for power plants by two months, according to Bloomberg.

The EPA faced a July 26 deadline to propose emissions standards for electric utilities under an agreement with three environmental groups, 11 states, the District of Columbia and New York City.

The states involved were New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Massachusetts.

Federal regulators are now reportedly seeking a two-month extension to evaluate information from companies affected by the rule. Bloomberg reported the delay is not expected, however, to affect the July 26 deadline for finalizing the rule.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the EPA could regulate greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change under the Clean Air Act. The same year, the state, District and city governments and environmental groups filed suit in an attempt to force the agency to include greenhouse gases in emissions restrictions for power plants. A settlement that led to the July 26 deadline ended the petitioners’ case, the article said.

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