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Republican Congressmen Seek Information About EPA’s Plans to Propose GHG NSPS (May 18, 2011)

posted May 23, 2011, 1:25 PM by James Hodina
Three leading House Republicans have written EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson with questions about EPA’s development 
of greenhouse gas (GHG) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).  Congressmen Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce 
Committee, Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Chairman of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power, and Cliff Stearns, Chairman of the Committee’s Subcommittee 
on Oversight and Investigations, wrote Jackson “to request information to assist the Committee in evaluating EPA’s planned establishment and implementation of 
[NSPS] for sources that emit GHGs, including such standards for power plants and petroleum refineries.”  The Congressmen requested information regarding whether 
EPA considered the costs and benefits of a GHG NSPS prior to entering into the settlement agreement committing the agency to issue GHG NSPS for power 
plants and petroleum refineries, what the likely schedule is for implementing controls on the affected sources and whether EPA believes it has legal authority to 
“pursue a cap-and-trade program for GHGs as an NSPS for new and existing sources.”  In addition, the congressmen asked whether EPA believes it is legally 
obligated to regulate GHGs every time it revises an NSPS and what plans the agency has for regulating GHGs from other sources through a GHG NSPS.