The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has struck down the EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule. This rule affected 28 states and has already caused multiple coal power plant closures. The rule imposed penalties and standards for power plants that sent particles into downwind states. The rule took effect January 2012 and was scheduled to increase penalties to their highest levels as of 2015.
The Court’s action will allow cost effective power production to continue nationwide, preventing sharp increases in the electric rates consumers pay in the short term.
A second EPA rule is set to take effect in 2015. The Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule places severe restrictions on coal power plants which will lead to further plant closures and higher consumer electric prices.
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