EPA Chief Defends MACT Rule Amid Coal Plant Closures

Law360, New York (February 8, 2012, 4:05 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality chief rejected criticism of the agency's new emissions regulations in a committee hearing Wednesday, saying recent coal power plant closures were a result of changes in the energy industry, not the regulations themselves.

Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, testified that the EPA’s Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule wasn’t affecting broader trends in the industry, like the increasing use of natural gas for power.

“We have to acknowledge that there is a transition...
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