EPA to Delay New Climate Rules

    Piles of coal are shown at NRG Energy's W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Thompsons, Texas. The plant, which operates natural gas and coal-fired units, is one of the largest power plants in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin regulating mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants for the first time, the latest in a string of new regulations that has Republicans bent on reining in the federal body. The new rules will have the greatest impact on Texas, home to more coal-fired power plants than any other state. (AP Photo)

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    Another set of environmental rules has been postponed. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson says the agency won’t make its goal of issuing new rules for power plants by Sept. 30. It’s the second time the new rules have been delayed. It had originally aimed to issue the new regulations on July 26, but facing pressure from congressional Republicans and industry, the agency extended the deadline to the end of this month. Earlier in September, the Obama administration postponed new ozone standards for at least two years.

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