by Michael Bastasch
EPA’s Clean Power Plan limits carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants. Agency emissions standards for new power plants, however, are so low that only plants using CCS technology can comply. Republicans and coal industry supporters have argued that CCS is not commercially viable and EPA’s de facto mandate violates federal law.
EPA argued that even though all major CCS projects in development are getting government subsidies, the technology was still viable. But Manchin’s letter shows evidence to the opposite — a Canadian CCS project touted by EPA has been a disaster…
Manchin isn’t the first to criticize the EPA for relying on Boundary Dam as the basis for its CCS mandate. Attorney Chris Horner with the Energy and Environment Legal Institute filed regulatory comments on EPA’s rule, pressing the agency on its reliance on Boundary Dam.
“We pressed EPA in our comments on the New Source Performance Standards that CCS technology was not commercially viable,” Horner told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “As these facts confirm, the opposite is true and inescapable.”