(Gillette, Wyo.) The Trump administration is keeping good on its promise of a federal government less hostile to coal.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday it will hold a public listening session in Gillette on the repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. Two other sessions will be held in San Francisco, Calif., and Kansas City, Mo.
The dates and location of the sessions will be announced at some time in the future.
Scott Pruitt, EPA administrator, said in a press release on the planned sessions they are following an “overwhelming response” to a listening session in West Virginia. The agency wanted to create additional opportunities for the public to comment in-person on the planned repeal, Pruitt stated.
Sen. John Barrasso said in the press release the announcement was welcome news for the coal industry.
“The Trump administration is listening to the people of Wyoming,” said U.S. Senator John Barrasso. “Today’s announcement that the EPA will hold a listening session in Gillette, on the impacts of the so-called ‘Clean Power Plan,’ demonstrates the administration’s commitment to hear directly from the people who would have been hurt most by this punishing regulation. The Clean Power Plan would have meant lost jobs for energy workers in Gillette and across Wyoming. I am thankful to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for his leadership on this important issue.”
Soon after Obama administration issued the Clean Power Plan in 2015, 150 entities including 27 states, 24 trade associations, 37 rural electric co-ops, and three labor unions challenged the CPP, highlighting a range of legal and technical concerns.
Proponents of the plan argued the law is needed to advert catastrophic impacts speculated to happen at some point in the future as a result of manmade global warming. The plan mandated reductions in carbon pollution in the power sector 32 percent below 2005 levels.
It also required transitions to intermittent energy sources, such as solar and wind.
A few months after its proposal, the United States Supreme Court immediately halted the implementation of the Clean Power Plan. It was the first time the Supreme Court had ever issued a stay to block the enforcement of a regulation.
On March 28, Administrator Pruitt signed a notice indicating the EPA’s intent to review the Clean Power Plan, in accord with the President’s Energy Independence Executive Order.
On October 16, the EPA proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan, on the grounds the plan was premised on a novel and expansive view of EPA authority, which the Trump administration now proposes to determine is inconsistent with the Clean Air Act.
Estimates of the cost of compliance with the Clean Power Plan are as high as $33 billion.
The EPA is now taking comment on that proposal and has extended the public comment period to January 16, 2018.
Comments on the proposed repeal should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2017-0355, and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
- Online: Go here and follow the online instructions
- Email: Comments may be sent to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov. Include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 in the subject line of the message.
- Fax: Fax your comments to: (202) 566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2017-0355
- Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail Code 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460
- Hand/Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Room 3334, EPA WJC West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information
- For additional information, including the full EPA public comment policy, go here.
- For more information: A copy of the proposed rule and supporting documents are available on EPA’s website here.