Public hearing set for Trump admin’s power plant rule

Source: Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019

EPA has set a new date for a public hearing on its proposed rule to control greenhouse gas emissions from new and modified power plants.

Members of the public can head to EPA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, to offer comments on the proposed New Source Performance Standards from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The hearing had previously been scheduled for Jan. 8 and then Jan. 30, but both dates were pushed back as a result of the partial federal government shutdown.

The agency also announced today that the public will now have until March 18 to submit written comments on the proposed rule change.

The hearing is scheduled a day before stopgap funding to EPA and a number of other federal agencies is set to expire. The agencies temporarily reopened as members of Congress work to negotiate a deal on security at the southern border.

Top congressional appropriators said they were close to finishing the six outstanding appropriations bills that would provide annual funding to the federal agencies, including EPA, currently receiving temporary funding (E&E Daily, Jan. 31).