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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AR88 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: ●Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Modified Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units 
Abstract: This action will amend the electric generating units (EGU) New Source Performance Standards for modified sources for greenhouse gas (GHG) under Clean Air Act section 111(b). 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 60   
Legal Authority: CAA 111   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: On December 7, 2009, the EPA found that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Electric generating units (EGUs) are the single biggest stationary source of greenhouse gases and account for well over a third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Recognizing that greenhouse gases pose a threat to the public health and welfare and that EGUs are one of the largest sources of GHG emissions, the EPA has begun taking regulatory steps to ensure reductions of GHG emissions from EGUs. The regulatory path that the EPA has embarked upon commits the agency to regulating emissions from, not just new EGUs, but also existing EGUs (including those that are modified).

Summary of the Legal Basis: EPA will use the Clean Air Act authority under section 111 (b) to set GHG standards for modified EGU sources. The Clean Air Act (CAA) gives the Agency broad authority to set standards for emissions of "air pollutants." GHGs have been determined by the U.S. Supreme Court to be "air pollutants" that are subject to regulation under the CAA. Because of this and the fact that GHGs are not currently regulated under either National Ambient Air Quality Standards or under the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, EPA has the authority to address them under the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) program.

Alternatives: Not yet determined.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: At this time we do not have any estimates regarding the benefits and costs of this action, but we do expect it to be a significant regulatory action with annual effects on the economy exceeding $100 million.

Risks: Not yet determined.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2014 
Final Rule  06/00/2015 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0603. Split from RIN 2060-AQ91
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Energy Effects: Statement of Energy Effects planned as required by Executive Order 13211.  Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 2060-AQ91, Related to 2060-AR33 
Agency Contact:
Sharon Nizich
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 541-2825
Fax:919 541-5450

Lisa Conner
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 541-5060

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