The hearing discussed EPA’s proposed New Source Performance Standards for power plants, which would require new coal-fired power plants to install costly carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that is not yet commercially viable. The result of such stringent new standards is a de facto ban on the construction of any new coal-fired power plants.
Since 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded grants to foreign recipients, including foreign governments, universities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), totaling over $100 million. Additionally, EPA also awards grants to domestic recipients for the purpose of carrying out projects in locations outside the United States.
Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) convened a second bipartisan forum on “State, Local and Federal Cooperation under the Clean Air Act.”
The forum was intended to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to hear a broad range of perspectives from experts about their experiences in implementing the Clean Air Act.