POTUS Orders EPA to Unplug Clean Power Plan
Background on EPA's Clean Power PlanPublished as a Final Rule in October 2015, the Clean Power Plan aims to lower carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generating units (EGUs) and was initially set to take effect in December 2015.
Specifically, the Clean Power Plan sets greenhouse gas emissions benchmarks that states must meet over time. To meet the benchmarks, the rule requires states to select a best system of emission reduction, or BSER, using a set of criteria or “building blocks” laid out in the rulemaking. The Clean Power Plan was set to roll out between Summer 2016 and Summer 2022 with a long-term goal to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector by 32% over 15 years.
Legal Challenge to the Clean Power PlanAfter 28 State attorneys general brought a legal case against the Clean Power Plan, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision stayed implementation of the Final Rule pending the outcome of that case.
Now, there may never be an outcome to that case. The forthcoming executive action also requests that the Justice Department work to suspend consideration of the case by an appeals court.
This would, presumably, keep a stay on the Clean Power Plan in place as EPA begins the lengthy process of rescinding the Final Rule.
More Change Coming at US EPA
Today’s order is the latest executive action to directly impact Obama-era EPA regulations. Last month, the President ordered EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the Waters of the United States Rule, which broadened the applicability of some Clean Water Act programs.
The President submitted a budget blueprint to Congress earlier this month that proposes a 31% budget cut for EPA compared to the 2017 continuing resolution (CR) levels, including more than $100 million saved by defunding the Agency’s Clean Power Plan and climate change efforts, a $129 million reduction in funds for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance, $233 million less for the Office of Research and Development, $330 million less for Hazardous Substance Superfund Account, and $482 million less for EPA grants, among other spending decreases.
Clean Air Act Online CourseDesigned to help environmental engineers, EHS mangers, and other professionals manage compliance with the Clean Air Act, the Clean Air Act Regulations Online Course guides professionals through compliance air permitting requirements, emissions and pollution controls, annual greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting, Risk Management Planning (RMP) responsibilities, and more.
Build the expertise needed to make informed on-the-job decisions that help your site control pollution and maintain compliance. Interactive, easy to use, and available 24/7, the new online course will help you get up to speed with new and changing EPA clean air rules and protect your facility from costly EPA enforcement.
Find a Post
The workshop covered a lot of information without being too overwhelming. Lion is much better, more comprehensive than other training providers.
This course went above my expectations from the moment I walked in the door. The instructor led us through two days packed with useful compliance information.
The instructor kept the class engaged and made learning fun. There was a lot of information to cover but time flew by. I will definitely use Lion in the future!
Hazmat Shipping Professional
The instructor was probably the best I ever had! He made the class enjoyable, was humorous at times, and very knowledgeable.
Mary Sue Michon
Excellent job. Made what is very dry material interesting. Thoroughly explained all topics in easy-to-understand terms.
Very good. I have always appreciated the way Lion Tech develops, presents and provides training and materials.
I chose Lion's online webinar because it is simple, effective, and easily accessible.
Environmental Health & Safety Technician
If I need thorough training or updating, I always use Lion. Lion is always the best in both instruction and materials.
Lion's course was superior to others I have taken in the past. Very clear in the presentation and the examples helped to explain the content presented.
Hazardous Waste Professional
I will never go anywhere, but to Lion Technology.
Download Our Latest Whitepaper
Some limited quantity reliefs are reserved for specific modes of transport. Use this guide to identify which reliefs you can capitalize on, and which do not apply to your operations.