Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review Of Mercury and Air Toxics Standards MATS

EPA has announced that it is reviewing new technical information used to develop emission limits for new power plants under the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), provided by industry stakeholders after the rule was finalized. According to EPA, the review will have no impact on the standards already in place for existing power plants and is intended to provide greater certainty for five planned future facilities in Georgia, Texas, Kansas, and Utah.

EPA will review monitoring issued related to the MATS and will address other technical issues on the acid gas and particle pollution standards for new power plants. The Agency's review is not expected to change the types of pollution controls new power plants will install to reduce air pollution.

The Agency often uses reconsiderations such as this review to ensure that its standards incorporate all relevant information when information comes to light after a rule has been promulgated. EPA says it will follow an expedited, open, and transparent process that includes public comment on any proposed changes. The agency will complete the rulemaking by March 2013 and will also use its Clean Air Act authority to stay the final standards for new power plants for three months during this review.

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