EPA officials are set to release the first draft of a proposed rule for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce against the nation’s methane pollution from power plant operations.
The rule would address the most recent methane pollution revelations from the State of Oklahoma.
The EPA is preparing to release a draft version of the proposed rule in an effort to address concerns that the proposed regulation is overly broad, and could potentially apply to more plants than necessary.
The agency has also announced that it will review other proposed methane regulation.
The agency has been trying to limit methane emissions for decades, but the methane pollution scandal and subsequent court challenges forced the agency to make significant changes.EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the former attorney general, said the rule would help protect public health and the environment, and it will require power plants to use more energy, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and reduce methane leakage.
EPA officials have not yet set a specific timeline for the rule to be finalized.
The methane pollution has been blamed for devastating wildfires and the destruction of tens of thousands of acres of wetlands, particularly in Oklahoma.
The EPA has long proposed regulations to limit carbon dioxide from power production, but many state lawmakers have resisted.