News for Immediate Release
April 10, 2014
Urges EPA to Consider State Differences When Developing Framework for Emissions
Guidelines for Existing Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants
Harrisburg – The Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) today submitted a white paper to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), urging them to consider state differences and needed
flexibility when developing emissions guidelines addressing carbon dioxide (CO2)
standards for existing fossil fuel-fired power stations.
Governor Tom Corbett’s leadership, Pennsylvania is continuing to make great
progress in its efforts to position the state as a world leader in the new
energy economy while ensuring that we continue improving our air quality and
protecting public health,” DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “A key part of
this plan is maintaining the stable and diverse supply of electricity vital to
our economy and national security.”
Barack Obama, as part of his Climate Action Plan, directed EPA to develop
carbon dioxide pollution standards for both new and existing power plants. EPA
released proposed standards for new power plants in January and is expected to
release its proposal for existing power plants in June with a final rulemaking
due by June 2015.
department’s white paper presents an innovative and flexible framework for
achieving lower CO2 emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power
plants and urges the EPA to preserve the authority and discretion of states in
the development and implementation of emission control programs.
- If EPA develops emissions
guidelines, it should be done under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
- Emissions guidelines should be
developed in close consultation with the states.
- EPA should establish targets
for reductions, rather than mandate pathways to achieve them.
- States must be allowed to join
with other states in multi-state or regional programs.
- EPA should recognize the
different makeup of existing power generation fleets in each state.
- EPA should recognize the
differences inherent in regulated versus competitive energy markets and
the need to provide for electric grid reliability.
- Changes to major New Source
Review regulations should be considered to encourage efficiency
is committed to achieving the goals that would be established under a flexible
CO2 program in a fashion that allows us to best serve the needs of
our citizens,” Abruzzo said. “We believe the best way to achieve these goes is
to implement a plan that focuses on state leadership, provides flexibility and
takes advantage of a wide range of energy sources and technologies towards
building a cleaner power sector.”
To read the entire white paper, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, and click on “Air,”
then “Bureau of Air Quality.”