NMA Asks EPA to Withdraw “Deeply Flawed” Greenhouse Gas Rule

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today requested EPA withdraw its deeply flawed proposal for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. In the attached letter summarizing NMA's extensive comments submitted today on the agency's New Source Performance Standards, Quinn cites numerous reasons for withdrawing a rule that will "leave the nation's electricity supply less diverse, less reliable and more expensive." Quinn highlights NMA's objections in the following statement:

"Despite EPA's contention, the only regulatory certainty this rule provides is the assurance that the nation's energy portfolio will become less diverse, its electricity grid less reliable and its electric power more expensive.

"By requiring unproven carbon capture and storage technology, EPA's rule effectively bans the construction of new, high-efficiency coal power plants with lower emissions using demonstrated, best-in-class technology. This denies the nation the opportunity to replace aging power plants and meet future load growth with reliable and affordable generating capacity. EPA is therefore gambling with our nation's economic and energy future with a rule the agency concedes will achieve no measurable benefit.

"The proposed rule exemplifies what is fundamentally wrong with EPA's approach to regulating greenhouse gases – an indifference to independent expert opinion, a rush-before-ready push for unproven technology and costly consequences for family-wage jobs and energy bills.

"EPA has failed to achieve either environmental improvement or reliable and affordable energy– Americans deserve much better than this."

To view NMA's letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, please click here.

To view NMA's comments on the rule, please click here.

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