TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Obama administration's new rules targeting power plant emissions will give states until mid-2018 in some circumstances to determine how they'll reach their targets.
That means the rules won't full take effect until long after President Barack Obama leaves office. The delay raises questions about the fate of the landmark rules under the next administration.
The new rules seek to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. But states are being given flexibility to develop their own plans for meeting their targets.
The president initially wanted states to submit their plans by mid-2016. But details of the proposal obtained by The Associated Press show states could have until 2017 to submit a complete plan. If they join with other states, they could have until 2018.
Kansas officials are studying the federal government's plans for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions only days after the state approved a $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's administrator announced the new regulation Monday in Washington. It gives states goals for reducing emissions but allows flexibility in meeting them.
According to the EPA, the Kansas' goal would be to cut emissions 23 percent by 2030.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Sara Belfry said the agency is reviewing the EPA rule.
Kansas doesn't regulate such emissions, but a state law taking effect in July will allow the KDHE secretary to set state rules.
Secretary Robert Moser gave the go-ahead Friday for Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build the new coal plant in southwest Kansas.