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Capito: EPA’s New Comment Period On Power Plant Rules Not Enough

A picture of Appalachian Power's Mountaineer plant in Mason County, West Virginia.
The Appalachian Power Mountaineer plant in Mason County, West Virginia, in August 2021.
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U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said she isn’t satisfied with an extension of the public comment period on proposed federal power plant rules.

Capito said the 15-day extension granted this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn’t enough for the stakeholders involved.

They now have until Aug. 8 to submit comments instead of July 24.

“I am concerned that the EPA could only give us another 15 days,” she said in a call with reporters Thursday. “I mean, we asked for measurably more.”

The EPA seeks to require coal- and natural gas-fired power plants, beginning in 2030, to capture carbon dioxide emissions, switch to hydrogen or shut down.

Capito and Rep. Carol Miller of West Virginia have introduced legislation to repeal EPA’s pending rule, which is all but certain to be challenged in the courts by Republican-led states.