42 U.S. Code § 8353 - General requirements for exemptions

(a) Use of mixtures or fluidized bed combustion not feasible
Except in the case of an exemption under section 8352 (b), (f), or (i) of this title, the Secretary may grant a permanent exemption for a powerplant under this part only—
(1) if the applicant has demonstrated that the use of a mixture of natural gas or petroleum and coal (or other alternate fuels), for which an exemption under section 8352 (b) of this title would be available, is not economically or technically feasible; and
(2) if the Secretary has not made a finding that the use of a method of fluidized bed combustion of coal or an alternate fuel is economically and technically feasible.
(b) No alternative power supply in case of a powerplant
(1) In the case of an exemption under section 8352 (b) or (g) of this title, the Secretary may not grant an exemption for an existing powerplant unless he finds that the petitioner has demonstrated that there is no alternative supply of electric power which is available within a reasonable distance at a reasonable cost without impairing short-run or long-run reliability of service and which can be obtained by the petitioner, despite reasonable good faith efforts.
(2) The Secretary shall forward a copy of any such petition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission promptly after it is filed with the Secretary and shall consult with the Commission before making any finding on such petition under paragraph (l).


(Pub. L. 95–620, title III, § 313,Nov. 9, 1978, 92 Stat. 3313; Pub. L. 100–42, § 1(c)(10), (13),May 21, 1987, 101 Stat. 313.)

1987—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100–42, § 1(c)(13), struck out “or installation” after “powerplant” in introductory provisions.
Pub. L. 100–42, § 1(c)(10), which directed the substitution of “or (i)” for “(i), or (j)” was executed by making the substitution for “(i) or (j)” to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
Exemption for Certain Electric Powerplants as Effective Prior to 180 Days After November 9, 1978

For effectiveness of exemption for certain electric powerplants as prior to 180 days after Nov. 9, 1978, see section 902(a) ofPub. L. 95–620, set out as a note under section 8301 of this title.

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