EPA may revise rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants

The Obama administration in leaning toward revising a rule that would regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, according to a report by The Washington Post.

According to the Post, several individuals familiar with the matter said the decision to revise the rules could delay tougher restrictions on new power plants and might allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set a separate standard for coal-fired power plants.

The original rule, which was originally issued in March 2012, issued rules limiting the emissions of greenhouse gases from new power plants but did not impose any restrictions on existing coal-fired power plants. It requires new power plants to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per MW/h of electricity produced.

The Post stated the EPA is supposed to finalize the rule by April 13 but is likely to miss that deadline, and officials are discussing with the White House how the rule might be modified to ensure it can survive legal challenges.

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