The rule for new power plants was originally slated to be finalized yesterday, while the final rule for existing power plants was expected June 2. The agency now says it will finalize both at the same time.
“It’s become clear to us … that there are cross-cutting topics that affect the standards for new sources, for modified sources and for existing sources, and we believe it’s essential to consider these overlapping issues in a coordinated fashion,” said Janet McCabe, the EPA’s acting administrator for air quality, according to The Hill.
Additionally, if states don’t submit their own plans to cut carbon emissions, the EPA will force states to comply with a federal “model rule,” the New York Times reports.
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