EPA will miss Sept. 30 deadline to propose GHG emission rules for power plants, but EPA chief says regulations are first priority, agency will announce new schedule shortly; EPA also working on mercury standards for power plants

LOS ANGELES , September 15, 2011 () – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not be announcing proposed utility-focused greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for power plants by Sept. 30, as previously planned, said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Wednesday, reported Reuters on Sept. 15.

However, the regulations are “first on the docket,” she said, on the sidelines of an event in San Francisco, adding that work on the rules continues and a new schedule will be announced shortly.

In addition to its plans to limit GHG emissions from power plants and oil refineries, the EPA is working on the first federal standards for mercury and acid gas emissions from power plants, which Jackson said EPA aims to “finalize” in November, Reuters reported.

Last week, President Barack Obama reversed his intentions on smog plans amid pressure from business interests to ease environmental regulations, which some say are hurting the economy.

The EPA will be announcing in October its plans on completing the Maximum Achievable Control Technology standards for boiler emissions, said an agency spokesperson. The MACT standards have been delayed, reported Reuters.

The primary source of this article is Reuters, London, England, on Sept. 15, 2011.

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