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Jul 25, 2014 - 5:30pm

Lights Out: Power Outage Moves EPA’s Carbon Regulation Hearings


Senior Editor, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


This is not a story from The Onion.

EPA is moving its Atlanta public hearings on proposed carbon regulations next week because of a power outage.

An email from an EPA staffer explained the situation [emphasis hers]:

Please be aware that as the result of a large scale power outage at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, EPA will hold the July 29 and 30, 2014, Atlanta Clean Power Plan public hearings at the Omni Hotel. While repairs are underway at the Federal Center, there is no guarantee the facility will be fully operational in time for the hearings. This led to the agency's decision to change locations.

 The hearing dates and times have not changed.

According to local news reports, an internal power outage has kept the building closed all week.

Ironically, the carbon regulations that will be discussed at the hearing will make the electrical grid less reliable and more vulnerable to price spikes.

"This significant power outage is either cruel irony or a glimpse of a coming cruel reality if the Obama Administration and the EPA are successful in their quest to end the use of affordable, reliable coal," said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

Let me also remind you that EPA hasn't scheduled any hearings on the proposed carbon regulations any of the ten states most reliant on coal for electricity, such as Wyoming, West Virginia, or Missouri--where the lights are presumably still on.

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Sean has written for various Chamber properties since 2012. In 1999, Sean launched a "weblog" and never looked back, becoming a self-proclaimed pioneer of the medium.

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