Analysts predicted early retirement for some coal-fired power plants when the Environmental Protection Agency issued new limits on emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants last year.
The first challenge to the regulations, however, has come from developers of a power plant planned for Matagorda County, about 90 miles southwest of Houston.
Developers of the White Stallion Energy Center say the federal rules, formally known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, cannot be achieved with existing pollution controls and, thus, prevent them from securing financing for the $2.5 billion project.
The company has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the rules. Several others have followed its lead and now are part of one consolidated case.
“It is an unrealistic expectation for us to meet a mercury level that we cannot measure,” said Randy Bird, White Stallion’s chief operating officer.
Yep, much like the fines levied on companies that supply motor fuel (which we covered in Another FINE mess), the U.S. Government is once again arbitrarily setting a standard which cannot be met, deliberately, with the ultimate result being a loss of jobs and higher energy costs for everyone. You’ll forgive the coal industry if they feel that they are being targeted a tad unfairly.
KINGSPORT — Speakers at the Eastern Coal Council’s annual conference charged Monday that President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is at war with the coal industry and killing the economy with burdensome regulations.
“It is, in fact, a war on all fossil fuels. … Coal just happens to be the first one in a long list,” U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., told more than 100 conference attendees at the MeadowView Marriott. “Coal is taking the brunt of the hit right now from the current administration and its (EPA) administrator, Lisa Jackson.”
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Bill Kovacs said there are now 154,538 pages of EPA regulations. “If the agency wants to get you, they can get you,” Kovacs said.
Since March 2010, 350 energy projects with a $570 billion economic impact and 1.9 million jobs haven’t been able to get EPA permits, according to Kovacs.
Gee, is it any wonder our unemployment levels aren’t going down?
This is getting old. The Obama Administration seems hellbent on attacking as many different aspects of our economy and society simultaneously as they can, which limits how much attention can be paid to any one of them:
Fast and Furious,
the ‘War on Women’,
blocking voter ID laws,
the NLRB’s anti-business, pro-union lawsuits,
our unprecedented national debt,
illegal immigration in Arizona…
and the list goes on. Really, what exactly are these dunderheads doing that ISN’T harmful?
For a quick (5 minute) update on where we are nationally in this battle over coal, please check out this video which I first viewed over at The Fearless Conservative blog (thanks for the video, Rob!!). Obama’s government minions aren’t slowing down, which means that we can’t, either.