EPA Mulls Severing Permit Program Changes from Power Plant Rule

May 2, 2019, 6:42 PM

The EPA is considering separating major air permitting program changes from its rewrite of the Obama-era carbon dioxide limits for existing power plants, according to sources familiar with the rulemaking.

Such a move would likely strengthen the agency’s hand in courts when it has to defend the final version of the rewrite, known as the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which could be issued as early as June.

The Environmental Protection Agency has prioritized changing the Clean Air Act’s pollution permitting program, known as New Source Review. It wants to allow power plants and other industrial plants ...

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