A House letter with 221 signatures was sent urging the Administration to reconsider its New Source Performance Standards for power plant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. An Office of Management Budget (OMB) review could be completed and the rule released soon. NREA supported this letter for two reasons. First, the Clean Air Act is the wrong tool to address carbon emissions; we oppose using it to regulate GHG emissions. We also believe that EPA’s proposal will make it impossible to develop coal generation, because the new standards will set carbon emission limits for new units equivalent to those for new natural gas combined cycle power plants. Republicans are likely to raise the issue when two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees hold a joint hearing on EPA’s FY13 budget request next Tuesday. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is listed to testify. Republicans on the House Energy and Power Subcommittee also wrote White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew to ask EPA to provide a complete cost impact analysis of the new utility Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (utility MATS) rule. EPA recently testified to the subcommittee that it does not have a total cost projection as lawmakers are requesting.