EPA to take a second look at coal rulesAn arbitrary rule using a pie-in-the-sky emissions threshold to prevent a problem (global warming) that doesn't exist.
By Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times
The Environmental Protection Agency will review and delay the final release of controversial regulations cracking down on new coal-fired power plants.
In a statement late Friday afternoon, the agency announced it would conduct a “reconsideration” of the rule, originally scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The EPA now says it will complete the regulations by March 2013, and that the additional time is necessary because of “new information provided by industry stakeholders.”
“The agency’s review will not change the types of state-of-the-art pollution controls new power plants are expected to use to reduce this harmful pollution,” EPA said in its press release explaining the decision.
The requirements would force coal plants to satisfy the standard of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour, a mark that, analysts agree, is virtually impossible to meet with current, commercially available systems. [link]
The EPA has postponed the execution for three months.
It's at this point we are supposed to be grateful.