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US EPA proposes to repeal clean power plan

CTBR Staff Writer Published 11 October 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to cancel Clean Power Plan (CPP), in a bid to advance President Donald Trump’s America first strategy.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to repeal of CPP.

The regulator has proposed to determine that the Obama-era regulation exceeds the agency’s statutory authority based on the assessment of CPP.

According to EPA, the repealing of CPP will facilitate the development of US resources and decrease unnecessary regulatory burdens associated with the development of those resources.

In February 2016, the CPP was put on hold after the US Supreme Court issued a stay on the rule.

In March, Trump signed an Executive Order on Energy Independence to establish a national policy in support of energy independence and economic growth.

The Trump administration is expecting that the proposed repeal could provide up to $33bn in avoided compliance costs in 2030.

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.”

Image: The US FDA has decided to repeal of Clean Power Plan. Photo: courtesy of The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.