“The EPA has dangerously underestimated the impact of the Utility MACT and related rules on the reliability of the nation’s electricity grid,” said Hal Quinn, president and CEO, NMA. “Within a matter of weeks of the final rule’s unveiling the announced retirements of electricity plants already exceeds the EPA’s dubious estimate.

“These announcements demonstrate the cruel reality of the EPA’s regulatory agenda—less reliability, higher costs to consumers and businesses, and lost employment,” Quinn said. “The EPA has compounded the flaws in its high-cost, tight-compliance regulatory strategy by hiding their real-world consequences to households and businesses.”