As the Wall Street Journal noted in an editorial earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "continues to claim that its regulatory agenda won't degrade U.S. electric reliability.
"The reality is that the EPA's own staffers are - or used to be worried, and their political superiors have erased the warning."
The EPA, the newspaper said, "is trying to rush out a new utility rule that on paper will reduce mercury and other emissions but is really designed to close coal-fired power plants."
Apparently, without concern for the public.
The agency released its utility rule proposal in May.
It contained no expressions of concern about what the rule would do to the price or reliability of coal-fired power, or to the consumers, businesses and jobs that depend on it.
And because the proposal includes no reference to such concerns, the Journal said, "as a technical and legal matter, issues that are excluded from the Federal Register mean that the public is denied the opportunity to meaningfully comment on them."
But some staffers expressed concern about reliability even before the utility rule was formally proposed.