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 Heitkamp oil is changing the world and Washington GOP blocks Obama sanctions czar Overnight Finance: Obama huddles with Yellen; Puerto Rico bill markup Wednesday MORE (D-N.D.) and Deb FischerDeb FischerSenate panel clears 'Internet of Things' bill Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment GOP lawmakers vie for convention power 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.