By Timothy Cama - 08/12/14 05:58 PM EDT
Two senators are planning to ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to further extend the public comment period for its power plant carbon proposal.
Sens. Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns Senators roll out bipartisan gun proposal MORE (D-N.D.) and Deb FischerDeb FischerSenate sends pipeline safety bill to Obama McConnell warns of Friday work over defense bill US commander in Afghanistan finishing troop plan this week MORE (R-Neb.) are drafting a letter to the agency seeking an additional 60 days to submit beyond the planned Oct. 16 deadline.
The senators are working on writing the letter and gathering signatures from their colleagues; McDonough declined to say how many senators have signed on.
Heitkamp and Fischer led a bipartisan group of 45 senators who petitioned in May for a 120-day comment period, before the rule was even unveiled. Standard comment periods for regulations last 60 days.
In that letter, the senators said that for such a complicated and contentious proposal, consumers and stakeholders ought to have ample time to analyze the rule and comment on it.
The EPA listened, and granted the 120-day period.