On Wednesday, Congressman Morgan Griffith issued a statement banging the Environmental Protection Agency for its anticipated release of new, stricter regulations for coal-fired plants.
Now, via the New York Times, we get some sense of what those regulations will be.
They will require utilities to cut soot, smog and acid rain emissions by millions of tons beginning next year:
The new regulation, known as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, is essentially a rewrite of a rule issued by the administration of President George W. Bush that was invalidated by a federal judge in 2008. The regulation, known popularly as the transport rule because it involves emissions that are carried eastward by prevailing winds, is a significant toughening of an acid rain program that was part of the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act.
Griffith hasn’t yet weighed in on the details of the regulations, but based on his statement yesterday we would expect something from his press office within the next day or so.