U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy addressed the New Source Performance Standards Thursday, saying the agency would “carefully consider” input on the proposed rule. McCarthy made the comments in a statement to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works discussing the Obama administration’s climate action plan.
The rule, which was first announced last September, was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 8. The agency’s initial carbon emissions standards, proposed in March 2012, received more than 2.5 million comments. The rule proposed in September was crafted using that input, McCarthy said.
“We look forward to robust engagement on the proposal and will carefully consider the comments and input we receive as a final rule is develop,” McCarthy stated.
McCarthy also addressed the issue of emissions of existing plants, stating the agency is working with “a broad group of stakeholders” to help develop proposed guidelines that will be issued this June. Once those are issued, the primary role in developing and implementing plans will occur on the state level, McCarthy said.
“We recognize that existing power plants require a distinct approach, and this framework will allow us to capitalize on state leadership and innovation while also accounting for regional diversity and providing flexibility,” she stated.