Bucshon presses EPA administrator on viability of carbon capture and sequestration

U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) pressed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on the economic viability of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) regulations on Friday during a budget hearing.

Bucshon, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, questioned McCarthy about the economic impact of CCS on the coal industry during a committee hearing on the EPA’s fiscal year 2017 budget request.

“The reality is that was misleading, I think, to say that carbon capture and sequestration – for when we were talking about coal fire power plants – is commercially viable,” Bucshon said.

It’s not feasible for coal facilities to implement carbon capture systems, Bucshon said, because the technology isn’t yet commercially or economically viable.

Bucshon asked McCarthy if any coal facilities in the United States had successfully implemented CCS regulations, and she responded that one had.

“In Indiana, I have every coal mine in the state, so to my knowledge, you know, it’s not commercially viable or economically viable to implement that in Indiana,” Bucshon said. “If it was I would be in favor of it being on all of our coal fire power plants. Just so you know, I agree the earth’s temperature is changing and I agree with technology and innovation we should always be advancing how we use all of our fuels. I agree with that premise. What I don’t agree with is federal agencies setting regulations that can’t be met with current technology and that’s what this is doing.”

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