In October (10/28/05), EPA published two reconsideration notices in the Federal Register related to the Agency’s Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), which was signed on March 15, 2005. The first notice dealt with the rule itself, which will regulate Hg emissions from new and existing electric generating units (EGUs). Issues that the Agency stated its intent to reconsider include:
On the surface, the above list appeared imposing. However, RMB believes that much of the reconsideration process can be categorized as EPA simply re-explaining and clarifying the Agency’s original intent in the rule.
The second notice dealt with the Agency’s revision of its December 2000 regulatory finding on the emissions of hazardous air pollutants from electric utility generating units and the removal coal- and oil-fired electric generating units from the Section 112(c) list. This decision was published in the Federal Register on March 29, 2005. Issues that the Agency stated it would reconsider include:
The second bullet item in the above list included numerous sub-issues and comprised several pages of Federal Register text. However, it appears that EPA was simply going out of its way to re-explain a complicated and lengthy process that led the Agency to take the action it did in promulgating CAMR on May 18, 2005.
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