The Obama administration is beginning the new year in a blaze of regulatory activity, unveiling 300 final rules,
proposals or notices in the first seven days of 2015.
The regulations cover energy, the environment, public lands and agriculture, and include the proposed Environmental Protection Agency's air quality standards for lead, reforming coal and oil leases on native American lands and adjustments to how many fish can be caught off Alaska's coast.
Of the 300 final rules, proposals and notices listed on the website Regulations.gov,
most are notices that can lead to rulemaking, meetings and other government activities, the Daily Caller notes.
One rule not on the list is the EPA's controversial carbon dioxide emission limits
for new power plants; that rule has been pushed back to mid-summer.
The rule would limit the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted by newly built coal- and natural gas-fired plants —
restrictions that have come under attack for setting the carbon dioxide threshold so low that the only way operators can meet the standard is by using new "carbon capture and storage" technology, the Daily Caller reports.
Critics argue the rule's
de facto requirement for the new technology is illegal.
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