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EPA proposes repeal of clean power plan

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to repeal the so-called Clean Power Plan.

After reviewing the CPP, EPA has proposed to determine the Obama-era regulation exceeds the Agency’s statutory authority.

“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,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said.

Pruitt says repealing the CPP will also facilitate the development of U.S. energy resources and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens associated with the development of those resources, in keeping with the principles established in President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy Independence.

“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,” Pruitt said.

The repeal package includes: the “preamble,” which lays out the proposed legal interpretation, policy implications, and a summary of the cost-benefits analysis of the proposed repeal; and the “Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA),” an in-depth cost-benefit technical analysis.

On March 28, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Energy Independence, establishing a national policy in favor of energy independence, economic growth, and the rule of law.