The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a revised schedule for issuing final greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rules power plants under Sections 111(b) and 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA now projects a “mid-simmer 2015” timeframe for simultaneously issuing final rules for new, existing, and modified/reconstructed plants. This new timeframe is several weeks past the original June 1, 2015 deadline for a final rule for existing plants, and it is several months past the January 8, 2015 statutory deadline for issuing a final rule for new plants. This will affect the ensuing deadlines for state plans, compliance, etc.
EPA also plans to propose a federal GHG reduction plan in summer 2015 for existing power plants, which states can use as a guideline when crafting their own rules — and that EPA would implement if a state refused to submit its own plan to the agency.
An EPA factsheet concerning the rulemaking timeline can be found here.