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Washington, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will extend the public comment period of its Clean Power Plan by an additional 45 days to December 1, 2014. This extension comes following a bipartisan effort last week by 53 senators who told EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that the previous 120-day comment period did not allow states enough time to analyze, develop and submit their plans on its proposed carbon rule.

 

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) reiterated once again the sweeping economic impacts of the regulations, which put at risk the bottom-lines of millions of Americans and make a dangerous gamble with our nation’s economic future.

 

“While we are heartened that EPA listened to the overwhelming outcry by consumers and lawmakers alike to extend the public comment period, the fact remains that the agency’s proposed regulations are among the costliest our country has ever seen. The consequences of EPA’s proposal will leave American businesses and consumers footing a bill they can ill-afford. Worse yet, even with the additional time for comment, the administration is giving every indication it will push its climate agenda forward to meet a politically driven time-line,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE. “Considering how fundamentally flawed these regulations are, EPA could save all involved a lot of time, money and economic hardship if it just withdrew its proposal altogether.”

 

In addition to the senators’ letter, a total of...

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