Extensions for MATS compliance being mostly granted

Requests for one-year extensions to comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards from existing power plants are generally being granted, according to a report from the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.

NACAA surveyed its members about requests they have received for one-year extensions to comply with the rule and received responses for 41 agencies in 31 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The respondents stated a total of 51 requests had been received, of which 48 had been granted. Of the three not granted, one request was retracted by the company, one is under consideration and the state responded with a notice of insufficient information to one request.

Of the states included in the survey results, Michigan had the most requests for extensions. The state had 13 requests, all of which were granted.

The MATS rule, which was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 16, 2012 and finalized last April, requires existing sources to be in compliance by April 16, 2015 but allows for an extra year for compliance upon request.

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