Lawmakers Concerned about new NSPS Rule

Lawmakers across America recognize that we, as a society, consume a lot of electricity. To meet these needs, we need a diverse portfolio of energy sources including coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables. It is this diversity in fuel sources that keeps our electricity costs low and our reliability and stability high. A proposed rule from the EPA would effectively eliminate coal from this equation, thereby making our energy sources less diverse which could have a dramatic impact on cost, supply and reliability.

These lawmakers are concerned about the impact of the EPA's new greenhouse gas rules. If implemented as is, these "new source performance standards" would force power plants to abandon coal as a fuel source by setting the regulatory bar so low, that even a brand new, state-of-the-art facility would not be able to meet the air quality requirements. The net result of this proposed rule will be higher costs for consumers, jeopardized reliability and an abandonment of the one source of electricity that built this nation.

Please join these lawmakers by calling on the President to intervene to amend the proposed "new source performance standard" to ensure that we maintain our diverse portfolio of energy sources

As a member of the 23rd Senatorial District of Pennsylvania, I write in order to express my concerns regarding the negative impact that the implementation of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) which were recently announced by the EPA, will have on the Pennsylvania coal industry. » Read the Letter

Pennsylvania Senator Gene Yaw
December 11, 2013

Governor Pence urges the EPA to hold hearings in Indiana

I write to express my concerns that EPA has not solicited comments from the citizens of Indiana concerning two major Clean Air Act rulemakings that will significantly impact our state: EPA's proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants and EPA's carbon dioxide emission standards for new power plants. » Read the Letter

Indiana Gov. Michael Pence
November 1, 2013

As Representatives of the State of Ohio, we write today to express our concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide from new electricity generating sources. This New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) viltually ensures that no new coal-fired power plants will be built in the United States again due to the extremely high economic costs of feasible technology required to meet these unrealistic standards. » Read the Letter

Republican Party of Ohio
November 22, 2013

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory

Coal is essential in providing reliable, efficient and affordable energy. The abundance of coal in the United States allows for the production of inexpensive energy while employing hundreds of thousands of American workers. The United States has enough estimated recoverable coal reserves to last us almost 200 years. If enacted, the new EPA regulations will severely limit the production and use of coal, causing energy prices to soar. » Read the Letter

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory
October 9, 2013

 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO and CLC

"The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has long been a proponent of sensible legislation and regulatory action to put the United States on a path to declining carbon dioxide emissions. We have lobbied hard for these changes. Our members have been at the forefront of installing emission controls across the United States and in Canada. And we have supported President Obama’s assertion that only an “all of the above” energy strategy will work for America, embracing the continued use of coal, wind, solar, natural gas, and other power sources. » Read the Letter

Newton B. Jones, President of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO and CLC
September 20, 2013

 United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International

“The draft regulations issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dealing with emissions from newly constructed power plants, give lie to the “all-of-the-above” approach to electricity generation in the United States. Clearly, the administration has made the determination that it wants to cut our nation’s most abundant source of fuel, coal, out of the mix. » Read the Letter

United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts
September 20, 2013

 

In a letter to President Barack Obama, 13 business groups and trade associations expressed their continued concern about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to issue greenhouse gas new source performance standards ( NSPS) for new fossil fuel-based electric generating sources. Read the Letter. » Read the Letter

The American Chemistry Council, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Iron & Steel Institute, Association of American Railroads, Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, Industrial Energy, Consumers of America, National Association of Manufacturers, National Mining Association, Portland Cement Association, The Fertilizer Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce signed the letter.
September 9, 2013

 Utah Governor Gary Herbert

“The proposed rule presents a number of serious concerns for Utah. Low, stable energy prices are a key driver for our state’s economic prosperity, and coal provides a large portion of our electricity. In fact, the coal industry is one of the most important industries in the State of Utah, employing thousands of residents and supporting significant rural economic activity.” » Read the Letter

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert
July 18, 2013

"I respectfully request that EPA amend its rule in order to set distinct standards based on fuel type and the demonstrated performance of supercrifical and integrated gasification combined cycle coal generation technologies as the performance standard for new coal-based-electricity." » Read the Letter

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple
May 31, 2013

"Our ability to continue growing our economy depends on affordable, reliable power--and this can only be guaranteed if our nation truly has a diversified portfolio that included coal. Asking some states to dramatically alter their potential source of fuel for generating electricity puts their citizens at a distinct economic disadvantage." » Read the Letter

Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear
May 30, 2013

"The proposed rule seeks to establish a uniform standard for all three fuel sources, an unprecedented approach under the Clean Air Act. I urge you to consider alternative approaches that do not harm Pennsylvania's economy of endanger access to affordable electricity that the residents of my state rely upon." » Read the Letter

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett
May 30, 2013

"The EPA's proposed limits on greenhouse gas emissions threaten the livelihood of our coal miners to the point of killing jobs and crippling our state and national economies, while also weakening our country's efforts toward energy independence. I hope the high court recognizes the urgency and critical importance of our brief for all Americans." » Read the Letter

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
May 24, 2013

"We need our wind, solar, nuclear, natural gas, and coal resources to power our economy and provide the quality of life Hoosiers and other Americans are accustomed to experiencing. Unfortunately, the EPA is proposing a rule that will constrain any potential for an all of the above energy strategy and harm our economy in the process." » Read the Letter

Indiana Gov. Michael Pence
May 20, 2013

"If finalized, EPA's proposed rule will effectively ban these new plants from being built and prevent Mississippi from generating more electricity with less fuel and fewer emissions. Opportunities to provide economic stimulus and benefits from future energy efficiency projects and enhanced coal technologies will be lost, and my state's manufacturing, construction and energy sectors will be hurt at a time when they can least afford it." » Read the Letter

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant
May 17, 2013

"If EPA does not change this unwise proposal, the United States will be in danger of relying almost exclusively on one major energy source for baseload electric power and prohibit new plants from using coal, an abundant, clean and reliable energy resource. I support an "all of the above" approach to energy and EPA's proposal NSPS runs count to that approach." » Read the Letter

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell
April 23, 2013

“If adopted, the proposed EPA rule will hinder existing suppliers from making upgrades to improve efficiency, effectively preventing them from providing more electricity generation with less fuel and less emissions. That is why Governor Corbett and I urge the EPA to incorporate flexibility as it develops new emission standards so that American energy sources, like coal, can continue to be an integral part of the American energy supply.” » Read the Letter

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Gov. Jim Cawley
June 17, 2013

"America is fortunate that we have such a great diversity of abundant fuel sources available--it is a powerful strategic advantage that other countries can only envy. The one-size-fits all approach to the EPA's NSPS rule ignores the diversity of our energy supply." » Read the Letter

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox
June 5th, 2013

Indiana State Seal

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Indiana’s congressional lawmakers expressed their continued concern about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to issue greenhouse gas new source performance standards (NSPS)for new fossil fuel-based electric generating sources. » Read the Letter

Sen. Dan Coats, Sen. Joe Donnelly, Rep. Larry Bucshon, Rep. Susan Brooks, Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Marlin Stutzman, Rep. Jackie Walorski and Rep. Todd Young signed the letter.
June 13, 2013 

 Kentucky State Seal

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Kentucky’s congressional lawmakers expressed their continued concern about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to issue greenhouse gas new source performance standards (NSPS) for new fossil fuel-based electric generating sources. » Read the Letter

U.S. Sen. Minority Leader, Mitch MConnell, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Andy Barr, Rep. Ed Whitfield, Rep. Hal Rogers, Rep. Brett Guthrie and Rep. Thomas Massie signed the letter.
June 24, 2013

 Missouri State Seal

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Missouri’s congressional lawmakers expressed their continued concern about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to issue greenhouse gas new source performance standards (NSPS) for new fossil fuel-based electric generating sources. » Read the Letter

Sen. Roy Blunt, Rep. Billy Long, Rep. Sam Graves, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Rep. Vicky Hartzler and Rep. Ann Wagner signed the letter.
May 20, 2013

 Pennsylvania State Seal

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Pennsylvania’s congressional lawmakers expressed their continued concern about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to issue greenhouse gas new source performance standards (NSPS) for new fossil fuel-based electric generating sources. » Read the Letter

Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Lou Barletta, Rep. Charlie Dent, Rep. Jim Gerlach, Rep. Mike Kelly, Rep. Tom Marino, Rep. Pat Meehan, Rep. Tim Murphy, Rep. Scott Perry, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Keith Rothfus, Rep. Bill Shuster and Rep. Glenn Thompson signed the letter.
July 11, 2011