Environment & Energy Report

EPA May Miss December Deadline for Power Plant Air Permit Rule (1)

July 1, 2020, 8:02 PM; Updated: July 1, 2020, 9:59 PM

The EPA may miss its self-imposed deadline to finalize a rule that would allow electric utilities to upgrade coal-fired power plants without a federal permit if they reduce carbon dioxide emissions, an agency official said Wednesday.

The rule was carved out of the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rewrite of an Obama-era plan that sought to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

Initially, EPA had included the flexibility for power plants under the Clean Air Act New Source Review permitting program, but then the agency decided to issue it separately. New Source review permits are required for expansion and new construction of industrial...

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