EPA Deputy Defends Power Plant Emissions Rule

Law360, New York (November 1, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s No. 2 official told Congress on Tuesday that the agency’s forthcoming air standards for power plant emissions wouldn’t hamper economic growth or result in significantly higher electricity costs, contrary to critics’ claims.

EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the proposed Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule, or MACT, could create manufacturing jobs and would lead to increases in retail electricity prices on par with annual fluctuations.

The rule is set to be finalized by...
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