‘Good Ideas’ Are Point of EPA Carbon Emissions Hearings, McCarthy Says
Posted at 12:30 p.m. on July 28, 2014
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).