(ARLINGTON, VA) — National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson announced that rural electric cooperatives have submitted more than 500,000 comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in opposition to the proposed New Source Performance Standards rule regulating new power plants. The comment period closes May 9.

“More than 500,000 Americans have united to oppose regulations that will constrain fuel types for new power plants because they’re rightly concerned about affordable and reliable electricity in this country,” Emerson said. “Any proposal that relies on technology that is ‘technically feasible’ instead of ‘commercially viable’ belies common sense and threatens the reliability of electricity in this country. Electric co-ops operate in the real world and understand the importance of diversity for fuel sources when it comes to generating electricity.”

NRECA will submit its official comments on May 9.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.