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| December 23, 2011

EPA Finalizes the Utility MACT

On December 21, 2011, and after multiple delays, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of its highly-anticipated regulations known as the “Utility MACT,” which imposes limits on mercury and other hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from existing coal- and oil-fired power plants. The rule also establishes performance standards for new, reconstructed and modified fossil fuel-fired power plants. According to EPA, the rule will affect roughly 1,400 units, the vast majority being coal-fired, at about 600 power plants. It is anticipated that the rule will be challenged. However, the final rule will not go into effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. Publication is expected in late January or early February 2012. The 60-day clock for filing petitions for judicial review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will not begin until the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

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