Sources: EPA Ditches Mandate That Coal Plants Install Non-Existent Coal Technology
The EPA may be trying to avoid a political disaster before the rollout of major regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants. Sources say the agency has dropped a key requirement that coal plants install carbon capture technology.
Sources familiar with the matter told InsideEPA reporter Dawn Reeves the EPA plans on ditching a de facto mandate that new coal-fired power plants use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology — which the coal industry has said is not commercially available.
Reeves confirmed the tip to The Daily Caller News Foundation, but added that the CCS mandate could still be revived by the Obama administration. The EPA, however, did not comment on whether or not regulations for new coal plants would install CCS as the rule was still being reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget.