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Energy Alert: Carbon, coal, and regulatory uncertainty – Comment deadline is hours away

Today marks the filing deadline for comments on the U.S. EPA’s proposed 111(d) rule under President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Under the Clean Air Act, the proposed 111(d) rule seeks to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants. Already, more than one million comments have been filed on this rule and thousands more are expected before the filing deadline tonight. In addition, the rule for new generation facilities under 111(b) of the Clean Air Act is already complete, though litigation is sure to follow. And, on November 25, the United States Supreme Court agreed to take up the question of whether the U.S. EPA should have considered the cost of implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard in formulating that rule, further complicating the regulatory landscape for power generators and consumers.