Senators Ask for More Comment Time on EPA Rules

EPA-300The U.S. Senate is asking the Obama Administration for more time to collect public comment on the EPA’s proposed carbon emissions rules. Yesterday a majority of the senate signed a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, asking for a 60-day extension due to the complexity and scope of the regulation. That would make the public comment period 180 days, three times the normal period. The letter was signed by 53 senators, including 10 democrats.  Colorado Senator Michael Bennett (D) did not sign the letter, nor did Colorado Senator Mark Udall (D), who previously called the rules “a good start”. The EPA’s Regional Administrator visited Craig Wednesday to hear concerns from citizens, and industry and business leaders in a packed Moffat County High School Auditorium. The president has said he wants the rules implemented by June of next year, however an extension could push that date back.

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