EPA begins review of Clean Power Plan

Posted April 5, 2017


This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a review of the Clean Power Plan.  This effort is in response to President Donald Trump’s Energy Independence Executive Order which was signed on March 28, 2017.

The EPA states, “The purpose of that Executive Order is to facilitate the development of U.S. energy resources—including oil and gas—and to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens associated with the development of those resources. The President has directed agencies to review existing regulations that potentially burden the development of domestic energy resources, and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind regulations that unduly burden the development of U.S. energy resources beyond what is necessary to protect the public interest or otherwise comply with the law.”

According to the EPA the review will include:

Legal Memorandum, and, if appropriate, will as soon as practicable and consistent with law, initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind this rule. The CPP established emission guidelines for state plans to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants.

You can read more about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s order on the Federal Register website.