• Comment Period Begins On EPA Carbon Emission Rule
  • January 14, 2014
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • The Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator Gina McCarthy unveiled a draft proposal for limiting carbon emissions in power plants back in September, but this week the rule was officially published in the Federal Register.

    The rule, which would set new source performance standards for yet-to-be-constructed power plants, is one of the central pillars of the president's climate-change agenda, second in importance only to an agency rulemaking for existing plants due out next summer.

    Publication of the rule in the Federal Register is significant because it triggers the start of a 60-day public comment period. The agency will also hold a public hearing on the rule later this month in Washington.

    Even though the rule has yet to be finalized, it has already proven extremely controversial. Environmental advocates have hailed it as a way forward on combating climate change, while industry groups say it will deal a deadly blow to the U.S. coal industry.