EPA schedules public hearing on power plant rule

Source: Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018

EPA has announced it will host a single public hearing on its proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan.

The all-day hearing will be held Oct. 1 at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago, the home of EPA’s Region 5 headquarters, according to a Federal Register notice published this week.

At issue is the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule that’s meant to cut carbon emissions from power plants and provide guidelines on improving the plants’ efficiency.

Unlike the rule it would replace, the Trump administration proposal doesn’t provide specific emission targets but gives states broad authority to decide what degree of emissions reductions to seek.

EPA also said it’s extending the comment period by a day to give the public 30 days to provide comment.

The single hearing contrasts to three public hearings EPA held in West Virginia, San Francisco and Wyoming to comment on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

The Sierra Club’s director of climate policy, Liz Perera, blasted President Trump and acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for planning just one public hearing.

“Given that Trump and Wheeler’s proposal will result in upwards of 1,400 more premature deaths every year, it is quite clear that Trump and Wheeler are scared of the feedback they will get on their unpopular and illegal proposal from the American public,” she said in a press release.

Speakers interested in preregistering for the event have until Sept. 24.