EPA's Soot-Slashing Rule May Hold Up Power Plant Expansions

Law360, New York (December 18, 2012, 10:14 PM EST) -- A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule tightening limits on fine particle emissions by 20 percent could stymie power plant expansions and similar projects in parts of the country that fall short of the standard, experts say.

The EPA announced last week that it would cap harmful soot and smoke emissions at 12 micrograms per cubic meter, down from 15 previously, after being ordered by an appeals court earlier this year to review its so-called PM 2.5 standards for particulate pollution.

The agency estimates that about...
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