EPA Delays Proposal of Greenhouse Gas Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is delaying plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said Wednesday the Agency will not make an end-of-the-month goal for proposing new standards. 

"Greenhouse gases for power plants is first on the docket," Jackson said, according to Reuters. "Although we are not going to make the date at the end of the month, we are still working and will be shortly announcing a new schedule."

The announcement comes just days after President Obama halted issuing new air standards for smog – a move that is widely viewed as capitulation to Republican and industry pressure.

The White House says it will remain firm on the upcoming Mercury Air and Toxics Standard, which will be the country’s first-ever regulations of mercury and acid gases from power plants.

The Obama Administration’s credibility is weakened after the smog decision, which followed a weakened final air standards for industrial boilers in February and delayed reporting deadlines for greenhouse gases in March.

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