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Obama Creates New Global Warming Rules; Exempts GE

Posted By admin On February 3, 2011 @ 11:48 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Timothy P. Carney
Washington Examiner [1]
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Last month, the Obama EPA began enforcing new rules [2]regulating the greenhouse gas emissions from any new or expanded power plants.

This week, the EPA issued its first exemption, Environment & Energy News reports:

The Obama administration will spare a stalled power plant project in California from the newest federal limits on greenhouse gases and conventional air pollution, U.S. EPA says in a new court filing that marks a policy shift in the face of industry groups and Republicans accusing the agency of holding up construction of large industrial facilities.

According to a declaration by air chief Gina McCarthy, officials reviewed EPA policies and decided it was appropriate to “grandfather” projects such as the Avenal Power Center, a proposed 600-megawatt power plant in the San Joaquin Valley, so they are exempted from rules such as new air quality standards for smog-forming nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

There’s something interesting about the Avenal Power Center [3]:

The proposed Avenal Energy project will be a combined-cycle generating plant consisting of two natural gas-fired General Electric 7FA Gas Turbines with Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) and one General Electric Steam Turbine.

Full story here. [1]

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[1] Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/02/obama-issues-global-warming-rules-january-gives-ge-exemption-febr

[2] new rules : http://www.npr.org/2011/01/03/132612887/epa-to-enforce-new-emission-rules-on-power-plants

[3] Avenal Power Center: http://avenalpowercenterllc.com/faq.php

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