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February 13, 2016

‘Good Ideas’ Are Point of EPA Carbon Emissions Hearings, McCarthy Says

EPA Administrator Testifies At Senate Hearing On Carbon Pollution Standards

McCarthy. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“We expect good feedback from these sessions,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters Monday about this week’s listening sessions on the agency’s proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. “No good ideas should be off the table.”

The four hearings, part of the EPA’s effort to collect public comment about the proposal, are in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh.

The agency met with 60 business groups in first 25 business days since the rule was announced June 2 and has received 300,000 comments so far, McCarthy said. The agency also met with states and partnerships of states to discuss the proposal.

“Flexibility is the key to this” and there has been “overwhelming support for that type of approach,” McCarthy said without mentioning the nine states that have joined in a lawsuit against the rule.

That flexibility has also been an ongoing cause for confusion.

“States are looking to EPA to sit down with them individually and identify where their individual standards came from,” she said. Some think the states are limited to the types of theoretical actions the EPA used to calculate reduction levels. “That’s not the limitation, that’s how the standard was set,” she said. “States have the opportunity to use whatever strategy they can reasonably justify.”

CQ Roll Call’s Lauren Gardner has more on feedback on the rule (subscription).

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  1. colsooonscoorner

    July 28, 2014
    5:46 p.m.

    EPA is a political robot of obumma.

  2. Mona

    July 28, 2014
    7:07 p.m.

    The states should be telling the EPA to butt out.

  3. Quintis Arrius

    July 29, 2014
    11:14 a.m.

    Since I happen to be made of 18.5 % carbon, I really resent being singled out by the EPA, those greasy carbonphobes!
    But seriously:The POINT of power plants is to generate power, not to limit carbon emissions. Power plant emissions, if they really kill people through their “emissions” would soon have no customer base, so they are ultimately self-regulating.
    I would LOVE to see the EPA take their tiresome braying about carbon emission regulations to China. I would enjoy that reality show.

  4. ceithor

    July 29, 2014
    1:12 p.m.

    You are obviously too young to remember the acid rain problems back in the 70s. The EPA put stricter rules in place for emissions of nitric and sulfuric acid particles, most of which come from coal plants. Once the rules were in place, the problem has pretty much gone away. So glad you mentioned China because that is what we would look like without “tiresome braying about carbon emission regulations…” Personally, I like having the paint stay on my car.

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    July 30, 2014
    8:50 p.m.

    EPA is out of control. They do things like drive the last lead smelter out of this country which puts 125 people out of work and leaving the US dependent upon countries like China for lead that is produced with no environmental protections. Like the environment doesn’t include the entire world! What are they thinking? Instead of developing more environmentally positive means of using low cost, reliable coal to generate electricity they want to throw it out and force us to pay for high cost, unreliable wind energy. These people are hell bent to destroy our economy in the name of pollution control. Put a halter on them.

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    Aug. 4, 2014
    8:28 a.m.

    Corporations care about the air you breath.

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    1:40 a.m.

    I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not, but they breathe the same air we do.

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