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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) regarding EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. McCarthy wrote in her testimony that, “The science is clear. The risks are clear. And the high costs of climate inaction are clear.” McCarthy stated the proposed plan “will cut hundreds of millions of tons of carbon pollution and hundreds of thousands of tons of other harmful air pollutants from existing power plants.” She continued on to say that these reductions will provide health benefits to the most vulnerable citizens, including children. Read more [...]
Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing at 9:30AM in the Dirksen Building to discuss EPA’s Clean Power Rule, which was published last month. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to testify at the hearing. The hearing is entitled, “Oversight Hearing: EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants.” More information, including the testimony once published, can be found at the EPW’s website. Read more [...]
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The United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 overturning part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPAs) permitting program for greenhouse gas emissions. The opinion in the case of Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA determined that EPA had gone beyond its limits in requiring stationary sources to obtain air pollution permits and install pollution controls. The court also determined that part of the regulation does not comply with the Clean Air Act (CAA), as EPA revised numeric thresholds for greenhouse gases that forced power plants, industrial facilities, and factories to obtain a permit. Read more [...]
The EPA’s Clean Power Rule, which we blogged and issued and advisory on, has been published in the Federal Register. With its publication, the public comment period has begun and will remain open until October 16, 2014. If commenters want their comments to be considered by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), they should submit them by July 18, 2014. As part of the comment period there will be four public hearings. They will be held on July 29, in Atlanta, Georgia and Denver, CO; July 30, in Washington, DC; and July 31 in Pittsburgh, PA.
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It did not take long for senators from both parties to voice their displeasure with EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule, which we blogged abouthere. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are among those that have spoken out against the rule. Sen. Manchin said that he plans to examine every option Congress has in order to get legislation to the Senate floor because the proposed rule needs to be stopped. Sen. Landrieu voiced her displeasure as well but has yet to offer a proposal to prevent the rule from moving forward. The issue in Read more [...]
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its Clean Power Plan proposal as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The proposal aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants to 30 percent below 2005 carbon emission levels by 2030. On top of reducing carbon emissions, the proposed rule also aims to cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent by 2030. The proposed rule would “maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment now and for future generations,” Read more [...]
President Barack Obama is expected to release rules that will put a cap on carbon emissions from existing power plants on June 2. The rules will likely provide many contentious issues. One to keep an eye on is how states handle the rules as they will likely be tasked with developing and implementing programs that comply with EPA guidelines. Another potential issue is how far the rules actually go to cap the greenhouse gas emissions. Will the owners of the power plants keep them open, retrofit them or close them based on how far the emissions limits go.
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U.S. Republican Senators David Vitter (R-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), sent a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins Jr. informing him that they view the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) recent announcement of plans to conduct research into states’ ability to regulate hydraulic fracturing and its potential threat on water sources as “wholly inappropriate,” and request that the investigation end immediately. The senators believe the planned research is outside of the scope of the EPA OIG’s core mission, Read more [...]