US EPA proposes to repeal Clean Power Plan
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to abolish the Clean Power Plan (CPP).
The CPP was issued by the previous Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.
According to the EPA, abolishing the CPP will drive the development of energy resources in the US and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens regarding the development of those resources.
Issuing the NPRM, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said: “The Obama administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far with the CPP that the Supreme Court issued a historic stay of the rule, preventing its devastating effects to be imposed on the American people while the rule is being challenged in court.
“We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate.
“Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule.”
In addition, the newly issued NPRM is in line with the principles established in President Trump’s executive order on Energy Independence signed on 28 March this year.
EPA has sent the NPRM to the US Federal Register for publication. When published, the public will have a 60-day period to submit their feedback.
Image: US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Photo: courtesy of EPA.