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AAPG GAC Action Alert:
Opportunity to Comment on the Environmental Protection Agency Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units
Submit comments by March 10, 2014
This proposed rule will amend the new source performance standards (NSPS) for electric generating units (EGUs) and will establish the first NSPS for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The rule will establish CO2 emission standards for certain new and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired electric generating units. Rules for existing sources can only be implemented after finalization of new-source rules.
You may comment on any element of this regulation and/or EPA’s lengthy justification, but the requirement for geologic storage of the captured CO2 or its use in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) may be of special interest to some AAPG members.
Seethe full notice in the January 8, 2014, Federal Register, including the supplementary material that discusses geologic storage and enhanced oil recovery.
With regard to geologic storage and EOR, EPA states:
- “This action proposes a standard of performance for utility boilers and IGCC units based on partial implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as the BSER.”
- The Federal Register notice also states, “The EPA believes the cost of “full capture” CCS without EOR is outside the range of costs that companies are considering for comparable generation and therefore should not be considered BSER for CO 2 emissions for coal-fired power plants.”
Comments are due by March 10, 2014. Submit comments using one of the following methods:
- Submit online comments under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0495.
- E-mail: Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov.
- Fax your comments to: 202-566-9744.
- Mail: Send your comments to:
Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center,
Environmental Protection Agency,
Mail Code: 2822T,
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW,
Washington, DC, 20460
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