POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for March 23, 2015

EPA emissions rules facing litigation, increasing concern from Republican lawmakers


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday from attorneys for the coal and power industries and 20 states in an appeal of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule requiring power plants to cut emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. The case questions whether the EPA acted properly when it considered only public health and not the industry’s compliance costs. From the LA Times’ article:

    “In their appeal, lawyers for the coal industry and the Republican states say the EPA ignored the $10-billion-a-year compliance cost, which would include refurbishing or closing old power plants.”

  • In April, a U.S. appeals court will consider a challenge to the EPA’s proposal to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “The timing of the lawsuit is unorthodox and it faces an uphill battle, but a dozen states have lined up to try to short-circuit the EPA’s plans,” The Wall Street Journal writes.
  • Amid growing concern for the reliability of the nation’s power grid, two Senate committees are examining costs and legal hurdles posed by the EPA’s regulations on power plants, The Washington Examiner reports. Several hearings on the issues the states have regarding the rules are expected in the future.
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