Mississippi Power’s Coal Plant Science Now Under IG Investigation

The fraudulent Science behind the EPA promoted CO2 capturing Coal Plants is now under investigation by the Inspector General.  Thank God!  Maybe we can save the country we love from having every freedom stripped from us  by removing the power from the United Nations via reorganizing the EPA. 

The UN uses the EPA and other organizations to over regulate America under the guise of environmentalism.  Their underlying goal has nothing to do with the environment.  Please search Agenda 21.

Oh, but don’t worry Mississippi electricity users, Southern Company and Mississippi Power shareholders will not lose money because  our Public Service Commissioners, Bentz and Posey, voted to place losses on the backs of the ratepayers.

EPA Skirting Proper Scientific Process In Air Pollution Rules

Warns Of IG Investigation

Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter last night to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson inquiring if the Agency adhered to the requirements of the Data Quality Act while crafting the rule for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired electric generating units, known as the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule.

This letter comes on the heels of a report by the EPA Office of Inspector General, released September 28, 2011, which revealed that EPA did not follow the Data Quality Act or its own peer review procedures while issuing the Technical Support Document (TSD) for the endangerment finding – a finding that greenhouse gases harm public health and welfare. “In the wake of the recent EPA IG report, which revealed that EPA short-circuited record-keeping and scientific peer review procedures leading up to its endangerment finding, it appears that EPA has cut corners on the proposed  Utility MACT rule,” Senator Inhofe said.  “Our investigation found that the peer review procedures for the Utility MACT Technical Support Documents are inadequate.

Indeed, EPA’s own Science Advisory Board criticized the Agency for ‘missing or poorly explained’ data and methods.  Given the cost and reliability effects of the proposed rule, it is critical that EPA be held accountable for the process leading up to the decision to regulate.

“Utility MACT is projected to be one of the most expensive rules in the Agency’s history.  It will cost billions of dollars, significantly increase electricity rates, cause a large number of plant closures, and, along with the Cross-State rule, destroy nearly 1.4 million jobs.  Cutting corners on a rule with such devastating effects on our economy is unacceptable.

“I look forward to EPA’s response on this important matter, and if the information is not forthcoming, I will request that the EPA IG conduct an investigation.”

Specifically, Senator Inhofe’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee staff found that the peer review process for the Utility MACT Technical Support Documents, entitled National-Scale Mercury Risk Assessment Supporting the Appropriate and Necessary Finding for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Generating Units (Mercury Risk Assessment) and Non-Mercury HAP Case Studies Supporting the Appropriate and Necessary Finding for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Generating Units (Non-Mercury Case Studies) was inadequate.

The Mercury Risk Assessment has been criticized for incoherence and conflicting data, and EPA has yet to seek peer review for the Non-Mercury Case Studies.  EPA’s improper “peer review” of these critical studies, along with its failure to adhere to the proper procedures for the endangerment finding TSD calls into question the scientific integrity of EPA’s decision-making process. HERE

The EPA Will Save Us From No Threat For $100 Billion – Mississippi Power’s Role

The EPA Will Save Us From No Threat For $100 Billion

October 11, 2011 by

 

Armstrong Williams

Syndicated columnist Armstrong Williams has recently noted that the EPA is now on a jihad to protect Americans from the chemical known as perchlorate. Never heard of it? Few people have. It’s a salt manufactured and used primarily by the military and the aerospace industry, according to Williams.

Perchlorate also occurs naturally and in low amounts in water supplies, soil, agricultural crops and dairy cattle. It’s also found in fertilizers that farmers use to grow their crops.

Radical environmentalists have convinced the zealots at the EPA that this chemical is a dangerous pollutant that must be regulated. This is in spite of the fact that the National Academy of Sciences has stated that this chemical has no observable effect on the human body in its naturally occurring form.

The same can be said for the Carbon Dioxide.  The United Nations declared CO2 to be a dangerous killer.  It sent instructions to the EPA and the EPA regulates the companies and Southern Company complies and cooperates.   

In addition, the EPA’s own Inspector General in 2010 concluded that the EPA’s regulation of this chemical will not protect human health in any meaningful way. But, the economic impact of the EPA regulating this chemical will be catastrophic to our nation’s farmers. The EPA’s IG stated: “The potential regulation of perchlorate is a critical environmental decision that has significant social and economic consequences. The regulation of perchlorate could adversely affect $70 billion dollars worth of U.S. agricultural exports…when one considers both the agricultural and environmental clean-up costs, the potential regulation of perchlorate represents at least a $70–110+ billion dollar decision.”

Mississippians will be paying for a costly experimental CO2 capturing device for the benefit of the Stock Holders of Southern Company Southern Co. pretends to be angry at the EPA, but then cooperates fully when it serves them. Mississippi Power follows Southern Company, their mother. 

In short, the EPA’s regulation of this chemical will produce no health benefits to humans, but will cost an estimated $100 billion to American farmers for “clean-up.”

Isn’t this just like the EPA? Lisa Jackson and her tree-huggers will find a non-existent problem, issue regulations to control it, and let farmers go belly up as a result of their irrational earth-worshipping ideology. Some might call this an unintended consequence of overregulation, but we’re way past the point of thinking these policy decisions are unintended. These areintended consequences. They’re deliberately working to destroy capitalism and to reduce our nation to a Third World status.

We completely agree that the actions of the EPA are calculated in accordance with something called the Kyoto Protocols.  Look Kyoto Protocols up, it is a United Nations plan to redistribute wealth from America to  Third  World countries using environmental issues.  

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) Calls for a New EPA Investigation

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the minority leader on the Senate Committee on the Environment & Public Works issued a call for a new investigation into the EPA’s flawed endangerment findings on carbon dioxide.

 

Two days ago, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the minority leader on the Senate Committee on the Environment & Public Works issued a call for a new investigation into the EPA’s flawed endangerment findings on carbon dioxide.

Inhofe’s call was related to the EPA Inspector General’s report showing that the EPA failed to follow the correct procedures before it issued its finding that CO2 is a dangerous pollutant that must be regulated by Lisa Jackson’s jack-booted zealots.

As Inhofe stated:

“The Inspector General’s investigation uncovered that EPA failed to engage in the required record-keeping process leading up to the endangerment finding decision, and it also did not follow its own peer review procedures to ensure that the science behind the decision was sound. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson readily admitted in 2009 that EPA had outsourced its scientific review to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  This is an institution whose credibility has already been called into question. Even so, EPA still refused to conduct its own independent review of the science.  As the EPA Inspector General found, whatever one thinks of the UN science, the EPA is still required – by its own procedures – to conduct an independent review.”

Of course, as Inhofe points out, the IPCC is notoriously unreliable when it comes to accurate information on climate change or “global warming.” The IPCC is biased towards climate warming hysteria and the so-called “experts” who feed the IPCC information are climate change zealots with a clear political agenda.

Anyone who has read through the Climategate emails will easily understand that these zealots cooked the numbers, suppressed data that they didn’t agree with, and tried to suppress the writings of climate change skeptics.

It is clear that the EPA is using flawed resources to reach flawed conclusions. It is not basing its decisions on “science” but on the politically-motivated data provided by “experts” who wish to use climate change hysteria to destroy capitalism, destroy American sovereignty, and to redistribute income to “poor” nations from hard-working American taxpayers. This must stop.

Please access Senator Inhofe’s Minority Member web site and use his excellent research materials rebutting climate change hysteria.

Link

Mississippi Power Counting on EPA CO2 Regulations For Kemper County

Mississippi Power Needs the new CO2 regulations to justify the additional energy fees to ratepayers. Unfortunately Mississippi Power fails to consider the number of lost jobs from the closures related to the increased energy fees and burdensome regulations bankrupting Mississippi businesses. 

EPA CO2 Regulations would require 230,000 new employees, $21 billion

FILE - In this June 15, 2011 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is sacking a controversial proposed regulation tightening health-based standards for smog, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders. In a statement Friday, Obama said he had ordered Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the proposal, in part because of the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and uncertainty for businesses at a time of rampant uncertainty about an unsteady economy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)  Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/26/epa-regulations-would-require-230000-new-employees-21-billion/#ixzz1ZA5aEoPs

Lisa Jackson with the EPA Increasing regulations

FILE – In this June 15, 2011 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is sacking a controversial proposed regulation tightening health-based standards for smog, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders. In a statement Friday, Obama said he had ordered Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the proposal, in part because of the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and uncertainty for businesses at a time of rampant uncertainty about an unsteady economy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

‘EPA has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be ‘absurd’ in application and ‘impossible to administer’ by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion — to attempt to implement the rules’

The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “impossible to administer” by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion — to attempt to implement the rules.

The EPA aims to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, even though the law doesn’t give the EPA explicit power to do so. The agency’s authority to move forward is being challenged in court by petitioners who argue that such a decision should be left for Congress to make.

The proposed regulations would set greenhouse gas emission thresholds above which businesses must file for an EPA permit and complete extra paperwork in order to continue operating. If the EPA wins its court battle and fully rolls out the greenhouse gas regulations, the number of businesses forced into this regulatory regime would grow tremendously — from approximately 14,000 now to as many as 6.1 million.

These new regulatory efforts are not likely to succeed, the EPA admits, but it has decided to move forward regardless. “While EPA acknowledges that come 2016, the administrative burdens may still be so great that compliance … may still be absurd or impossible to administer at that time, that does not mean that the Agency is not moving toward the statutory thresholds,” the EPA wrote in a September 16 court briefing.

The EPA is asking taxpayers to fund up to 230,000 new government workers to process all the extra paperwork, at an estimated cost of $21 billion. That cost does not include the economic impact of the regulations themselves.

“Hiring the 230,000 full-time employees necessary to produce the 1.4 billion work hours required to address the actual increase in permitting functions would result in an increase in Title V administration costs of $21 billion per year,” the EPA wrote in the court brief.

The petitioner suing the EPA is the Coalition for Responsible Regulation, a trade group reportedly linked to domestic chemical companies.

EPA will cause BLACKOUTS, Destroy Industry, Kill Jobs, and People, But Jackson is Happy

Posted by Ben Howe (Profile)

Thursday, August 4th at 9:30PM EDT

I reported recently on EPA rules that ran the risk of causing shut downs of plants in Texas and elsewhere.  But that was before the massive heatwave began putting the real strain on them.  So much so that they are almost at full capacity.  And unfortunately, the EPA is only tightening it’s grip.

Via Wall Street Journal:

The agency is now tightening nearly every eco-regulation in existence, abusing in particular traditional air pollutant laws to shut down coal-fired power plants. This cluster of overlapping rules will cause far more cumulative damage than merely one or another rule would by itself.

A utility, for instance, might be able to comply with a single new rule, but under the EPA firehose it might be forced to retire some of its operations. Beyond the direct costs to the utility, plant closures would lead to job losses and higher prices for consumers and business, with their own knock-on effects.

Some of the power plants, like Edison Electric, are calling for more time to comply with these onerous regulations so as to help prevent any economic or energy disruptions.  In a heatwave and a down economy, you’d think the EPA would be receptive.  Unfortunately, the source of these rules, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, believes that the greater good that is being served comes ahead of these petty concerns.

In fact, Jackson believes that there is no reason to be concerned about the economics whatsoever.  After all, what do the industry leaders know about their own industry when compared to a former chemical engineer?

WSJ:

This cost-benefit bias may explain why Ms. Jackson could claim at a “green jobs” conference in February that under the Clean Air Act, “For every $1 we have spent, we have gotten $40 of benefits in return. So you can say what you want about EPA’s business sense. We know how to get a return on our investment.”

Essentially what Jackson is saying is that the return on investment for the EPA, in the form of regulatory fees, is more important than the very industries that they are tasked with regulating.

Worse yet, they are risking the health and happiness of the people that they are tasked with protecting.  Temperatures in Texas are approaching 110 degrees and industry and utility groups are requesting time to comply with the EPA’s MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technolog) rules which “require coal-fired power plants to install equipment that in some cases is too expensive to afford and in other cases does not currently exist commercially.”

The stated purpose of the rule is to reduce pollution but could force the shut down of enough coal-fired power plants to equal about 30-70 gigawatts of electricity nationwide.  For perspective, 1 gigawatt of energy powers about 750,000 homes.  Families living in the power grids affected will either have to find another more costly source of energy when economic times are tough and not everyone can afford a solar-powered makeover (which the government is coincidentally offering incentives for citizens to do, though those incentives pale in comparison to the cost) or they will have to simply live with blackouts.

The utility industry says the standard will lead to double digit rate hikes for consumers and require costly upgrades to some power plants.  But I seem to recall that someone said that under his plans, power bills would “necessarily skyrocket.”


To add insult to injury, these regulations have been shown to be unnecessary by none other than the EPA itself.

Via The Roanoke Times:

The EPA is proposing regulations to control numerous air pollutants that the agency’s own studies show pose no risk to human health; the health benefits claimed by the EPA for these proposed regulations are actually for pollutants that are already controlled through other existing regulations.

Not to mention the fact that the coal fired power generation is already putting forth plans to reduce their own emissions.

By 2015, the coal-fired power generation industry will have invested $125 billion in coal utilization technologies that burn coal cleaner and with more efficiency.

Power plant emissions are already down nearly 80 percent since 1970. A coal-fired power facility built today is, on average, 90 percent cleaner than the one it replaces, according to the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Ironically, the ability to build those new plants is next to impossible due to even more stringent EPA regulations.

Meanwhile, Jackson is scoffing at the mountain of information showing that these rules will cause blackouts, destroy industry, kill jobs, are unnecessary, and impede the ability for the coal industry to enact self regulation that they already had begun.  Instead, she’s patting herself on the back for bringing in tons of cash at the cost of jobs and industry.

Lisa Jackson is dutifully executing the President’s radical environmental agenda, having explicitly stated that he intends to put the coal industry out of business, originally through Cap and Trade.  His failure to get that job killing monstrosity passed into law has merely changed his path. The objective remains the same.

http://www.redstate.com/aglanon/2011/08/04/lisa-jackson-is-using-the-epa-to-destroy-the-coal-industry/

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