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Court Says Coal- and Oil-fired Power Plants Will Lose Bush-era Exemption
Environmental Resource Center ^ | 04/19/10

Posted on 04/21/2010 6:49:24 AM PDT by EBH

A historic agreement reached between environmental and public health organizations and EPA will regulate the toxic air emissions from the nation’s existing and new coal- and oil-fired electric power plants to the maximum achievable extent. The agreement was approved by U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District of Columbia after a public hearing held on April 13, 2010. Under the terms of the agreement, national standards will be finalized by November 16, 2011.

“EPA’s own data show that coal- and oil-fired power plants are the largest unregulated industrial emitters of toxic air emissions, including mercury, arsenic, nickel, chromium, cadmium, acid gases, and dioxins. EPA has been in a position to regulate this industry since 2000, and this landmark decision is a huge win in creating a healthier environment for all Americans,” said Ann B. Weeks, who represented environmental and public health plaintiffs The Ohio Environmental Council, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Izaak Walton League of America, Environment America, and Conservation Law Foundation, at the oral argument before the court.

“We welcome the court’s decision,” said Earthjustice attorney James Pew, who represented Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund in the case. “It ends the litigation and lets the real work begin: cleaning our air and water of the toxins that coal- and oil-fired power plants have been filling them with for far too long.”

Other attorneys on the briefs included John Suttles of the Southern Environmental Law Center, for the American Nurses Association and Physicians for Social Responsibility; John Walke for the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jon Mueller for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; and Scott Edwards for Waterkeeper Alliance.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: bankruptcoal; coalindustry
And 0bama didn't need to lift a finger.

Copy past to PDF of ruling: http://www.earthjustice.org/library/legal_docs/oil-coalplantcd_04-15-2010.pdf

1 posted on 04/21/2010 6:49:24 AM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH
And 0bama didn't need to lift a finger.

If you watch closely, that's how he does a lot of things.
2 posted on 04/21/2010 6:51:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: EBH

Hold on to your wallet.


3 posted on 04/21/2010 6:51:45 AM PDT by poindexter
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To: EBH
Earth Justice? As if the earth gives a crap. Proof in one toon


4 posted on 04/21/2010 6:53:18 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: EBH

But nuclear power is bad.................


5 posted on 04/21/2010 6:53:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: EBH

I think this amounts to cap and trade...


6 posted on 04/21/2010 6:53:40 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: EBH
Boama in lock step with his communist handelers.
7 posted on 04/21/2010 6:53:40 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Red Badger
It looks like they want to cent realize power production for greater control and make it easier to shut it down to try to put us back into the 17th century.
8 posted on 04/21/2010 6:55:41 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: EBH

Obama: “Ef’ you America! This was MY campaign promise that you must live with. Go suck on a wind turbine.”

“BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”


9 posted on 04/21/2010 6:55:45 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: EBH

There go our electric bills.


10 posted on 04/21/2010 6:57:28 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: mountainlion

He who controls the spice controls the universe.............


11 posted on 04/21/2010 6:57:32 AM PDT by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: EBH

I’m sick and tired of these robed robbers and psychotic tree huggers...


12 posted on 04/21/2010 6:58:24 AM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: pnh102

Elections have consequences.


13 posted on 04/21/2010 6:59:03 AM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: EBH

I wonder what happens if the utilities say they cannot meet the standards and shut the plants down. Sometimes I think we are not “cruel” enough in our response to overbearing regulations. If they want them shut down, do so.


14 posted on 04/21/2010 7:03:47 AM PDT by Ingtar (Obama's favorite carol: Hark The Herald Angels Sing About Me)
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To: mountainlion

If you think people are pissed with 0bama now, wait until the rolling brownouts start.


15 posted on 04/21/2010 7:04:59 AM PDT by reg45
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To: pnh102

What electricity?


16 posted on 04/21/2010 7:08:12 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: reg45

It’s all part of the ‘smart grid’ control plan.


17 posted on 04/21/2010 7:09:34 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: EBH

Under the terms of the agreement, national standards will be finalized by November 16, 2011.

Except for an important intervening event that occurs November 2, 2010...


18 posted on 04/21/2010 7:09:41 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Ingtar

When developing a MACT standard for a particular source category, the EPA looks at the current level of emissions achieved by best-performing similar sources through clean processes, control devices, work practices, or other methods. These emissions levels set a baseline, often referred to as the “MACT floor” for the new standard. At a minimum, a MACT standard must achieve, throughout the industry, a level of emissions control that is at least equivalent to the MACT floor.

The EPA can establish a more stringent standard when it makes economic, environmental, and public health sense to do so.

The MACT floor differs for existing sources and new sources.

* For existing sources, the MACT floor must equal the average current emissions limitations achieved by the best-performing 12 percent of sources in the source category, if there are 30 or more existing sources.


19 posted on 04/21/2010 7:12:03 AM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: reg45
If you think people are pissed with 0bama now, wait until the rolling brownouts start.

Jack up the price of oil so they can't travel, tax everything that moves and tell them that everything about them is bad, no wait that is what they are doing!

20 posted on 04/21/2010 7:13:07 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yeah, because we all know about republicrats long history of repealing dem power grabs. Why they got rid of social security, medicare, the DoE, all of that good stuff. Yup they sure did. They’ll get on this too.... just wait.


21 posted on 04/21/2010 7:14:12 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

None of this needs to go through congress. Congress isn’t involved and the “court” has ruled. This means we have to work to overturn it with legislation. This is harder than just trying to stop straight up legislation.


22 posted on 04/21/2010 7:14:43 AM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: Tarpon

bttt


23 posted on 04/21/2010 7:20:58 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Jim Wallis speaks for Christians the same way that Jesse Jackson speaks for all blacks.)
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To: EBH

That is like three robbers deciding which bank they are going to rob.


24 posted on 04/21/2010 7:26:16 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: EBH

If you believe that the EPA under Obama will limit their guidelines to that, I have a bridge to sell you.


25 posted on 04/21/2010 7:27:13 AM PDT by Ingtar (Obama's favorite carol: Hark The Herald Angels Sing About Me)
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To: Ingtar
Guess I should have bolded this line in my post:

The EPA can establish a more stringent standard when it makes economic, environmental, and public health sense to do so.

Note that they can create more stringent standards, no 0bama needed.

26 posted on 04/21/2010 7:30:21 AM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: EBH

Obama: I’ll make energy prices “skyrocket”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122644/posts

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Obama/Joe Biden “No Coal Plants Here in America”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122724/posts
youtube.com ^ | November 2, 2008

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Sarah’s Slamming Obama on Bankrupting the Coal Industry (Campaign Rally - Marietta Ohio)
VIDEO: http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/includes/templates/library/flash_popup.php?pID=282185-1&clipStart=&clipStop

She’s telling them to listen to the tape
SHOCK Audio Unearthed OBAMA TELLS SAN FRANCISCO HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdi4onAQBWQ

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Former Secretary of State, Lawrence Eagleburger: “Obama Is A Charlatan .. If he’s elected, God help us.”
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt0FrgAA0cw

[ Definition of Charlatan: A flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes. One who prates much in his own favor, and makes unwarrantable pretensions; a quack; an impostor; an empiric; a mountebank. Definition of Mountebank: One who mounts a bench or stage in the market or other public place, boasts of his skill in curing diseases, and vends medicines which he pretends are infallible remedies; a quack doctor. ]


27 posted on 04/21/2010 7:32:42 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Jim Wallis speaks for Christians the same way that Jesse Jackson speaks for all blacks.)
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To: Repeat Offender

I agree this court ruling is catastrophic for our nation.

Add onto it that the EPA can essentially create whatever standard they want and no one can really stop them! If they make more stringent regulations than the standard, the EPA can’t repeal it later. It will take an Act of Congress or God to get the bad regulations overturned.


28 posted on 04/21/2010 7:59:20 AM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: Matchett-PI

Sure he said all that, he talked about all that, but it took only a court ruling to make it happen! Even if we get control back in November 0bama won’t sign any legislation against the EPA.

This is a horrible turn of events.


29 posted on 04/21/2010 8:01:13 AM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: poindexter
Hold on to your wallet.

You bet. Our power comes from a coal-fired Utah plant, so my bill will double.

30 posted on 04/21/2010 8:22:21 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: EBH

All your electricity are belong to 0bummer.


31 posted on 04/21/2010 8:27:30 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (http://www.teapartyslogans.com/cgi-bin/web/index.cgi)
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To: EBH

How long before the elite cannot get their lights to go on??


32 posted on 04/21/2010 8:40:05 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: EBH

How long before the elite cannot get their lights to go on??


33 posted on 04/21/2010 9:09:20 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: EBH

Regulating stronger power plant emission controls during an economic crisis is like shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic, only more sinister.


34 posted on 04/21/2010 10:50:53 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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