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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AQ91 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units 
Abstract: This action will establish the first new source performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions. This rule will establish CO2 emission standards for certain new fossil fuel-fired electric generating units. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 60 
Legal Authority: CAA 111 
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: EGU GHG NSPS is the first action item in President Obama's Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP called for EPA to issue a proposal by September 20, 2013, to regulate carbon emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants.

Summary of the Legal Basis: CO2 is a regulated pollutant and, thus, is subject to regulation under section 111 of the Clean Air Act as Amended in 1990.

Alternatives: None.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: No costs and no quantified benefits.

Risks: The risk addressed is the current and future threat of climate change to public health and welfare, as demonstrated in the 2009 Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. The EPA made this determination based primarily upon the recent, major assessments by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/13/2012  77 FR 22392 
Second NPRM  11/00/2013   
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0660
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
Public Comment URL: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0660-0001  
Sectors Affected: 221 Utilities 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Christian Fellner
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
D243-01,
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 541-4003
Fax:919 541-5450
Email: fellner.christian@epa.gov

Nick Hutson
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
D243-01,
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 451-2968
Fax:919 541-5450
Email: hutson.nick@epa.gov

 
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