Manchin On New Environmental Protection Agency Regulations

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement today about new regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that – by the agency’s own estimates – will cost billions to implement, causing significant job losses at a time when West Virginians and Americans can least afford them. The EPA issued its final Utility MACT rule today.

“Today’s announcement of yet another onerous rule by the EPA completely ignores the devastating impact these regulations will have on jobs and our economy, not only in West Virginia but across this nation. The Utility MACT Rule, combined with the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that was finalized earlier this year, are two of the most expensive regulations ever to be imposed, and every American should be concerned about their effect on energy prices, the reliability of our power supply, our coal mining industry and most importantly our families,” Senator Manchin said. “I believe we can find a responsible and reasonable balance when it comes to the environment and our energy needs as a nation. My desire to achieve this balance is why my Republican colleague Dan Coats of Indiana and I introduced the Fair Compliance Act – a commonsense, bipartisan piece of legislation that would create a fair timeframe to comply with new rules. I hope that Congress will address these regulations, and take up the Fair Compliance Act as soon as possible, to prevent the potential loss of a million jobs, increased utility rates, and more damage to our economy.”

Senator Manchin and Senator Coats introduced the Fair Compliance Act of 2011 in November to create a more reasonable timeframe and prevent utility rate hikes and job losses.

The Utility MACT rule requires a decrease in mercury emissions at power plants. The CSAPR requires utilities to reduce power plant emissions that may cause air-quality complications in neighboring states.

The Manchin-Coats bill would provide utilities with an extension of time and synchronize the implementation schedule for complying with the rules. The bill would extend the date of compliance for Utility MACT by two years and for CSAPR by three years changing the deadline for both rules to January 1, 2017. Under the current EPA rules, the compliance date for Utility MACT is January 1, 2015. The deadline for Phase I of the CSAPR is January 1, 2012 and Phase II is January 1, 2014. The Manchin-Coats bill would postpone Phase I until January 1, 2015 and Phase II of CSAPR until January 1, 2017. The compliance date is the date by which a utility either must have installed emissions controls or retired the pant.

The bill also would require utilities to submit implementation plans to ensure compliance occurs. To safeguard the reliability of the electric grid and avoid brownouts, utilities would need to submit their implementation plans to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

- Press Release from the Office of Senator Joe Manchin

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  • by Jas Location: davisville on Jan 1, 2012 at 12:41 AM
    Thanks EPA, Now you really fit in with our crooked Gov. Hope the people can afford to pay the higher utilities bills.
  • by Florian Location: New York on Dec 30, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    EPA regulations are very protective, perhaps sometimes too much and standing in the way of any economic progress or even stability. Regulations need to be reviewed, analyzed and revised before they are immediately implemented in the name of our “protection”. ( we take regulations into closer consideration, we may be able to save jobs in a few industries and even have the potential to grow in others.
  • by John Location: carwar on Dec 27, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    We The People! What does this mean anymore? Why are we sending countless numbers of our young to die on foreign soils battling for freedoms when we ourselves are losing our own? Our government is becoming the government we are battling on other soils and we are allowing this to happen. What is worse it is happening while our eyes are wide open. Our country leaders are allowing our jobs and our livelihood’s to leave this country without even considering the damage it is doing.
  • by Chris Location: Parkersburg on Dec 22, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    The EPA has way too much power. This is a classic example of the government always knowing what's best for the little man. This along with the fact that other countries like china have no regulation on the environment will cost millions of jobs for hard working Americans and millions of dollars for others trying to pay for the increase in prices. Call your senator today and tell him/her to take action to stop this unfair and unneeded new set of laws
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