USEPA to Reconsider ELG Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) will review and reconsider the final rule that amends the effluent limitations guidelines and standards for the steam electric power generating category under the Clean Water Act (ELG Rule). The Rule has a reported average cost of $1.2 billion per year during the first five years of compliance.
Power generators across the country have been readying to comply with the Rule that sets the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in wastewater discharges from steam electric power plants. Compliance was set to begin between 2018 and 2023, depending on when a facility needs a new Clean Water Act permit.
USEPA issued an administrative stay to delay the compliance deadlines for the ELG Rule while a lawsuit that challenges the Rule continues. The delay will give the USEPA the opportunity to consider and review the Rule. USEPA says it will also send a letter to the petitioners who requested reconsideration of the Rule, to notify them that it has been administratively stayed and is under review.