Regulators Ask EPA to Seek State Input In Drafting Regulations

The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia, October 30, 2009. In cooperation with AEP, the French company Alstom unveiled the world's largest carbon capture facility at a coal plant, so called 'clean coal,' which will store around 100,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide a year 2,1 kilometers (7,200 feet) underground. (National Journal)

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners called on the Environmental Protection Agency to grant states broad discretion in deciding how to implement upcoming regulations on existing power plants.

In a resolution adopted Wednesday, the NARUC also asked the agency to solicit comment from state governments and regulatory bodies as it writes the rule, which is due to be released in draft form next summer and finalized the following year.

According to the text of the resolution, the NARUC "urges the EPA, in developing any emissions guidelines for regulating carbon emissions from existing power plants, to recognize the primacy of States to rely on both State utility and environmental regulators to lead the creation of emission performance systems that reflect the policies, energy needs, resource mix, economic conditions of each State and region."