Thursday, September 15, 2011

**Media Advisory** Committee to Question EPA on Job-Killing Cross-St...


Today's hearing can be found on line at 9:30 (8:30 AM) from this link:



From: Science Space and Tech Committee Press
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:17 AM
Subject: **Media Advisory** Committee to Question EPA on Job-Killing Cross-State Air Pollution Rule




**Media Advisory**

Committee to Question EPA on Job-Killing Cross-State Air Pollution Rule


On Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 9:30 a.m., the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a hearing to review the scientific, procedural, and technical basis for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, including a discussion of economic, employment and reliability impacts. 


The rule, which the EPA released earlier this summer, requires Texas and 27 other states' power generators to make dramatic reductions in emissions beginning January 1, 2012.  On Monday, Texas based power company, Luminant, announced plans to lay off over 500 employees in preparation to meet the rule's unrealistic compliance deadline.  The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has found that the rule could result in rotating power outages, and further studies indicate it could contribute to double-digit increases in electricity prices and the loss of countless jobs.


WHAT:          Hearing: Out of Thin Air: EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

WHEN:          September 15, 2011, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:       2318 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515



Panel One

Dr. Bryan W. Shaw, Chairman, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Mr. Gregory Stella, Senior Scientist, Alpine Geophysics, LLC

Mr. Barry T. Smitherman, Commissioner, Texas Railroad Commission

Mr. Wayne E. Penrod, Executive Manager, Environmental Policy, Sunflower Electric Power Corporation

Mr. Chip Merriam, Chief Legislative & Regulatory Compliance Officer, Orlando Utilities Commission

Panel Two

The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency




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