DEQ urges EPA to allow legal review of the Clean Power Plan

DEQ urges EPA to allow legal review of the Clean Power Plan

By / State News / Tuesday, 03 November 2015 05:00

RALEIGH, N.C. : November 30th, 2015 - Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, was joined today by Secretary Cathy Stepp
of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in asking federal regulators to allow a fair judicial review of the Clean Power Plan.
The plan would radically restructure the way electricity is produced and consumed and would drastically increase energy costs. DEQ and attorneys general from 22 states are challenging the plan in federal court.
“A rule such as the federalized power plan that forces immediate implementation while EPA takes action to evade and delay judicial review of the rule repeats the error of the past,” the secretaries wrote. “EPA’s legal maneuvering, conducted at the same time states are committing scarce resources to implementation, substantially increases the potential for unnecessary job losses, increased energy prices, and stranded economic investment.”
Previous rulemakings by EPA have required states and public utilities – and in turn, ratepayers – to invest
billions of dollars in the planning and implementation of rules that are later found to be illegal.
The most recent example is the Mercury & Air Toxics (MATs) Rule of 2012, which was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.
By requiring implementation of the rule before judicial review, the EPA caused billions of dollars to be spent and thousands of jobs to be lost without legal
authority. In addition, more than ten thousand megawatts of generation were retired, threatening the reliability of our electricity generating system.
Source: North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

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