Tag: MATS

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EPA Faces Backlash, Lawsuits Over Changes to MATS

In a petition filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 19, 2020, 23 advocacy groups represented by Earthjustice sued the EPA and asked the court to overturn the current administration’s updated benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for limits on coal-fired power plants’ mercury emissions. The existing Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) regulations took […]

EPA Reverses Coal Plant Mercury Finding, But MATS Stays in Place

In a final action, the Trump EPA has reversed a finding the Agency made in 2000 (and affirmed by the Obama EPA in 2012) that it is appropriate and necessary (A&N) to regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from coal- and oil-fired electric generating units (EGUs) under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act […]

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Small Coal Plants Benefit from MATS Amendment

It has been clear for some time that deregulatory actions at the federal level will slow but not stop the decline of coal as an energy source in the United States. Still, the EPA continues to do what it can to ensure that coal remains a key component of the nation’s energy portfolio.

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Motivation, Legality of Memo to EPA Science Advisory Board Questioned by House Leader

Concerns about instructions in a draft memorandum from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler about which proposed documents the Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) reviews were raised in a letter Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-D) sent to Wheeler. According to Johnson, the draft memo directed that the chair of the SAB, “in consultation with EPA,” would determine […]

EEI Opposes Elimination of MATS

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which represents the interests of all U.S. investor-owned electric companies, does not believe the EPA should eliminate its 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

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Is MATS on EPA’s Chopping Block?

In a letter, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) asked the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a division of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to resist any action by the EPA to withdraw or otherwise diminish its 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

One E-Reporting System Proposed for MATS

Responding to recommendations from owners and operators (O/Os) of electric power plants subject to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), the EPA is proposing final regulations to require the submission of compliance data through a single electric reporting system rather than through two systems as established by the original MATS (February 16, 2012, FR). […]