The White House is rushing to meet its August deadline for issuing strict emission rules for existing power plants while suggesting it may be ready to issue separate regulations for new power plants sooner than expected.

The White House Office of Management and Budget started meetings last week on the Environmental Protection Agency's rules for existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan, according to the office's meeting registry. It wrapped up its meetings earlier in June on the "New Source" rule for new power plants where the Sierra Club, the coal industry and others sat down with OMB.

The meetings typically mark the beginning of the end of the final review process for regulations, suggesting that the EPA is well on its way to meeting the administration's August deadline for issuing the controversial rules.

The meetings are usually conducted for 30 days, after which the rule could be issued at any time.

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