quoted Washington partner
Makram Jaber in an
April 13, 2022, story on the compliance challenges associated with new clean air rules proposed
by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A broad range of industries are monitoring EPA air rules closely, Bloomberg Law reported. The EPA has identified new carbon rules
for coal-fired power plants as a priority. The new rules could lead the
industry to reassess the cost-effectiveness of operating coal-fired plants,
“The fact that the cost is increasing this way, may lead to a different
kind of solution or incentive, it could be shutting down the unit
altogether,” said Jaber, whose practice focuses on Clean Air Act issues.
In addition, new limits on particulate matter (PM) under the National
Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) could impact power plants, gas plants
and material manufacturing facilities, among others. New levels are
expected to be proposed this summer, triggering a new round of NAAQS
proceedings and state implementation plans, according to Bloomberg Law.
“PM NAAQS is another thing that’s going to affect everybody and it’s going
to potentially throw a lot of areas into non-attainment, which is a whole
different ball game on a lot of things,” Jaber said.