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Senate bill would delay EPA rules.

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dan Coats IR-IN} have jointly introduced a bill entitled the "Fair Compliance Act" that proposes to extend the Environmental. Protection Agency's compliance deadline for the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule by three years and extend the deadline for the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology Rule by two years.

If the bill is enacted, both deadlines would shift to Jan. 1, 2017. Co-sponsors of the bill include Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Nelson ID-NE}.

Under the current EPA rules, the compliance date for the control, technology rule is Jan. 1, 2015. The deadline for Phase I of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is Jan. 1, 2012, and Phase II is Jan. 1, 2014. The Manchin-Coats bill would postpone Phase I until Jan. 1, 2015, and Phase II of the air pollution rule until Jan. 1, 2017. The compliance date is the date by which a utility either must have installed emissions controls or retired the plant.

The bill, would require utilities to submit implementation plans to ensure compliance occurs. To safeguard the reliability of the electric grid and avoid brownouts, utilities would need to submit their plans to the North American Electric Reliability Corp. NERC is the electric reliability organization certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to establish and enforce reliability standards for the bulk-power system.

More information on the Fair Compliance Act of 2011 is available at Manchin's Web site, http://www.manchin. senate.gov.

These stories are condensed from "Capitol Update," a weekly report prepared by A5ME Government Relations. More information is available a www.asme.org/kb/newsletters/capitol-update.

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Date:Jan 1, 2012
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