Clean Power Plan on its Way Out, Mead Approves
(Gillette, Wyo.) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has started down the path to rescind the Clean Power Plan (CPP), drawing a statement of praise from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.
With EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signing the notice of the proposed rule-making, the process to repeal the CPP has officially begun.
Governor Mead released a statement revolving around the recent EPA decision, saying that the process that originally implemented the CPP had been flawed, which resulted in the rule being flawed as well.
“As I’ve said all along, the agency overstepped its authority in creating this rule. It is overly burdensome for industry and removes regulatory authority from the states. We now have an opportunity to work with the EPA as the process goes forward. I appreciate Administrator Pruitt taking this action – it is important and a catalyst for growth,” Mead said in a statement.
Wyoming has been a part of the CPP since it was established back in 2014 and, if the plan had endured, would have had to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 44 percent.
The CPP would have taken the authority to regulate in state power transmission and generation away from the states, an aspect of the final rule that differed from its original draft version, which is considered a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
Last year, Wyoming, along with 26 other states, filed a lawsuit against the plan, intending to strike the CPP down for good with the argument that the EPA did not possess the authority to establish such a rule
As a result, the Supreme Court halted implementation of the rule and granted a stay while a lower court considered the suit.
As soon as the latest rule to repeal the CPP has been officially published within the Federal Register, a 60 day comment period will begin. All comments can be submitted by visiting regulations.gov.