Another Day, Another Job-Killing Regulation from the EPA

By March 16, 2011Energy, Regulations

New York Times, “E.P.A. Proposes New Emission Standards for Power Plants“:

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first national standard for emissions of mercury and other toxins from coal-burning power plants on Wednesday, a rule that could lead to the early closing of dozens of generating stations and is certain to be challenged by the utility industry and Republicans in Congress.

Indeed, but not only utilities and Republicans. Manufacturers, which use a third of the electricity generated in the nation, also have powerful objections. The Times reports further:

The National Association of Manufacturers said the proposed rule would lead to higher electricity prices and significant job losses.

“In addition, electric system reliability could be compromised by coal retirements and new environmental construction projects caused by this proposed rule and other E.P.A. regulations,” said Aric Newhouse, the group’s vice president for government relations. “Stringent, unrealistic regulations such as these will curb the recent economic growth we have seen.”

The complete NAM statement is here.

The EPA’s news release packs a lot of spin into the headline, “EPA Proposes First National Standard for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants / Mercury and air toxics standards represent one of strongest health protections from air pollution since passage of Clean Air Act.

The agency also organized a phone call for its political constituencies to answer questions and coordinate messaging, sending an e-mail to its Environmental Justice ListServ.

Dear Stakeholder/Interested Party:

On Wednesday, March 16th, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson made an announcement aimed at protecting public health by presenting the proposed rule on Mercury & Air Toxics Standards.

Following the announcement we would like to invite you to participate in a briefing where you will have the opportunity to ask questions of senior EPA officials about this action and it public health implications.

Four calls were scheduled:

  • Time: 3:00 PM EDT (General Public Health)
  • Time: 4:00 PM EDT (Children and Women Benefits)
  • Time: 4:25 PM EDT (Minority Health Benefits)
  • Time: 4:50 PM EDT (Minority Health Benefits)

You know what really benefits minorities, women and children? Affordable electricity, a growing economy, and jobs.

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