EPA adds 60 days to comment period on power plant proposal
The comment period extension comes as the House prepares to vote on a bill, H.R. 3826, that would scrap the proposal and prevent EPA from moving forward on a rule for existing power plants without congressional approval.
The House will begin debate on the measure by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) this afternoon, with a vote expected tomorrow.
The White House has said President Obama would veto the Whitfield bill.
The proposal also comes after EPA released a supplementary document Feb. 6 that provided its justification for why it did not violate existing law when basing the CCS mandate in part on federally funded projects. That document must also undergo a 60-day public comment period, and it might have contributed to the agency’s decision to provide an extension for the full proposal (E&ENews PM, Feb. 6).