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EPA’s NSR reform legislation key to improving energy efficiency and grid reliability

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National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Rich Nolan issued a statement following the introduction of the ‘Growing American Innovation Now (GAIN) Act’ by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to bring commonsense reform to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Source Review (NSR) programme.

He stated: “Increasing power plant efficiency that improves the environmental performance of our nation’s most reliable plants simply makes sense. Senator Barrasso’s legislation brings needed reform by reshaping the regulations to encourage, rather than deter, projects that improve energy efficiency, reduce hourly emissions and enhance grid reliability.

“This legislation will help ensure that NSR will no longer stand in the way of upgrades that will improve environmental performance at coal-fuelled power plants.

“In addition, we look forward to seeing additional administrative reforms from EPA to comprehensively address the longstanding impediments to improvements that the NSR regulations currently block, ensuring that our regulations consistently encourage advancements and technology upgrades for the future.”

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