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July 15, 2024

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)

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Republican-led States Sue EPA over Power Plant Emissions Rule
Republican state attorneys general sued EPA seeking to stop implementation of the agency’s final rule aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal plants and new natural gas plants. 
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EPA Proposes Tougher MATS Regs on Coal Power Plants
EPA last week took the next step in its campaign to clean up coal-fired power plants, proposing to strengthen the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
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EPA Proposes Tighter Coal Plant Wastewater Regs
The revised Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards would build on standards set under President Obama but weakened under President Trump.
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EPA Reaffirms Power Plant Mercury Regulations
EPA reaffirmed the legal basis for its MATS rule, but there will be no immediate impact, as the 519 plants affected are already in compliance.
Overheard at the NARUC Winter Policy Summit
Policymakers and industry officials gathered for NARUC Winter Policy Summit, where they discussed coal and nuclear power, among other topics.
Senate EPW Committee Advances Wheeler Nomination
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 11-10 to advance the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be EPA administrator to the full Senate.
Dems Press EPA’s Wheeler on Climate at Confirmation Hearing
Senate Democrats pressed acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on the agency’s efforts to reverse Obama policies on vehicle and power plant emissions.
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$23 Million Owed to Ratepayers in Presque Isle SSR Case
FERC ruled that WEPCo overcharged ratepayers on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by almost $23 million under MISO-ordered SSR agreements.
DC Circuit Puts Hold on CPP, MATS Challenges
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Trump administration's requests to suspend its review of the EPA Clean Power Plan and MATS standards
Dems Unmoved by EPA Pick’s Charm Offensive
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee he did not agree with Trump's claim that climate change is a hoax.

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