You will receive lots of news alerts about the existing power plant carbon pollution emissions rule (the Rule) issued by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday.  To make it easier for you to participate in the rulemaking process, and be prepared for what is ahead, below is a schedule of the critical dates for development and implementation of the Rule.

In short, on June 2, 2014, under its Clean Air Act authority, the EPA issued the first proposed regulations to reduce emissions from existing power plants.  The EPA’s proposal allows states to develop a plan for reducing carbon pollution emissions by 30 percent by 2030, against a 2005 baseline. 

Interested stakeholders have 120 days to comment on the proposed rule, and the rule will be finalized by June 1, 2015.  Below is a detailed schedule (you can download these dates to your calendar by clicking on the link):

  • June 2, 2014 – Proposed carbon dioxide emission rules for existing power plants published.
  • Week of July 28, 2014 – Public hearings in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.
  • September 30, 2014 – Deadline for submitting comments on the proposed rule.
  • June 1, 2015 – Final rule publication date.
  • June 30, 2016 – Initial state emissions reduction plans due.
  • June 30, 2017 – One-year extension for states pursuing individual strategies to reduce emissions.
  • June 30, 2018 – Two-year extension for states pursuing regional strategies to reduce emissions.
  • June 30, 2017-June 30, 2019 – Approval of state plans by EPA (12 months from submission of plans).
  • 2020-2029 – Interim emission reduction targets.
  • 2030 – 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions against 2005 levels.