The Obama administration has teed up a busy summer on climate change, with the final review of its tentpole climate rule swinging into action.
The Environmental Protection Agency sent its rules on carbon emissions for existing power plants to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a final review, according to a website that tracks federal rulemaking. The rule is set to be finalized in August, according to OMB and a schedule of federal rulemakings.
EPA last June proposed cutting carbon-dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent of 2005 levels by 2030, targeting one of the nation's largest sources of greenhouse-gas emissions. The proposal sets specific targets for each state, allowing them to craft their own plans through measures like energy efficiency, upgrading power plants, and shifting away from coal power.
The regulatory move tees up the final steps in the rulemaking process for the long-awaited rule. Stakeholder groups—including industry representatives, utilities, and environmental groups—will head to OMB to meet with White House aides and take their last stabs at the rule.
It's unclear what changes EPA will make to the final rule, although officials have said they are incorporating input from all sides. There have been reports, for example, that EPA is considering dropping a requirement that coal plants install technology that would capture carbon dioxide and store it because the technology is not yet viable.