States, Industry Object to Power Plant Emissions Proposal

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Bloomberg BNA's climate and air reporter Patrick Ambrosio wrote about states and power industry groups objecting to the EPA's proposal to require further reductions of nitrogen oxides from power plants under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

The states and industry groups, in comments filed on the proposal, objected to the methodology used by the EPA to calculate the proposed emissions budgets for 23 states, which the agency said are needed to address power plant emissions that interfere with the ability of downwind areas to comply with the 2008 national ambient air quality standards for ozone of 75 parts per billion.

Many of the state and industry comments also objected to the EPA's proposal to require emissions reductions in 2017, a time frame they said is too soon to allow for adequate planning.