25 States Request Federal Court Delay of EPA's Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) Ruling
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On October 10, 2011 a coalition of 25 states filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia a Statement of Interest of Amici Curiae requesting the Court grant a one year extension of The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision on Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from the nation's electric generating power plants. Under a current Consent Decree, EPA's final ruling was due November 16, 2011. However, the District Court issued a Stipulation on October 21, 2011 granting the EPA a 30-day extension, until December 16, 2011, to review comments and set forth final emission standards for coal- and oil-fired electric generating units pursuant to Clean Air Act section 112(d).
Along with the 25 states listed below, thousands of comments have been received by the EPA in an attempt to delay the ruling. EPA estimates show the annual cost of this ruling to reach $10.9 billion (2007$) in 2016. This ruling will affect nearly 1,350 generating units including 1,200 coal and 150 oil-fired plants.
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States named in the Statement of Interest include the following along with the Territory of Guam:
To learn more about how EPA regulations will impact utilities in your service territory, contact Mike Gorman;
or Jim Selecky;