an excerpt from Greenwire:
A group of 27 House Democrats, led by former House Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.), is asking U.S. EPA to give utilities and the public an extra two months to comment on a proposal that would order coal-fired power plants to spend billions of dollars per year to control their toxic emissions.
Dingell, a 29-term congressman who was himself one of the architects of the Clean Air Act, said the plan to cut emissions of chemicals such as mercury, acid gases and heavy metals is "unparalleled in its size and scope" among the toxic pollution rules that have been crafted under the law. It would have "wide-reaching impacts on the way our country generates and consumes electricity," he wrote in a letter that was dated Friday and made public this morning.
Along with his colleagues, Dingell is asking EPA to extend the comment period for the rule -- which was unveiled in mid-March and formally published in the Federal Register in early May -- from July 3 to Sept. 1.
That would give EPA a tight window to release a final rule by Nov. 16, as the agency agreed in a settlement with states and environmental groups last year, but the letter says the final rule should be delayed if that is necessary to give the public more time to comment.