25 States Ask Court To Delay Utility MACT

by William Yeatman on October 17, 2011

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On November 16, the EPA is expected to publish a final regulation setting Maximum Achievable Control Technology for coal-fired power plants (the “Utility MACT”). It would be the most expensive regulation, ever. According to the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, the price tag is as much as $100 billion a year. Coal supplies almost 50% of America’s electricity, yet there isn’t a single coal-fired power plant in the country that currently meets the standards set forth by the regulation. Outrageously, the EPA’s primary justification for the Utility MACT is to protect America’s supposed population of pregnant, subsistence fisherwomen from mercury.

Because the Utility MACT is all pain and no gain, 25 States (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming) last week submitted a motion to the D.C. federal District Court requesting that it order the EPA to delay the rule for a year, while it considers questions and concerns of the petitioning States.

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