ACCCE Presents Interagency Comments on EPA’s Standards for Existing Power Units

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Last Friday, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) presented its concerns around the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants, set to release on June 2, as part of the interagency comment period process of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).


“It is our hope that the OMB will carefully assess these comments and take into consideration the serious risks Americans and the economy will face as a result of these overly stringent and unattainable regulations,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president of communications for ACCCE. “While President Obama continues to pedal around his climate agenda in the hopes of solidifying a presidential legacy, concerns about how American businesses and consumers will actually meet these costly rules have been met with only silence.”


The analysis presented to the OMB by ACCCE restates the serious risks associated with regulating greenhouse gas emissions standards under Rule 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, including threats to electric grid reliability; rising energy prices; job loss; and an overreliance on natural gas supply.


“Given the current path we’re on, the administration is gambling with the livelihoods of hardworking Americans and is threatening to tip our country over the edge in costly and unreliable energy policies. And once we go over that ledge, there’s no coming back up.”


According to reports in April, the EPA allegedly ignored cost and feasibility concerns raised by the OMB around clean coal technologies under the agency’s previously proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).


ACCCE’s full presentation can be accessed online here.