April 28, 2016
Yesterday, environmental agency officials from 14 states asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide more information and assistance related to the Clean Power Plan.
In a letter to EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe, state officials requested that EPA provide a final model rule or rules for the Clean Power Plan, as well as additional information on the Clean Energy Incentive Program. The requests seek to better inform states in meeting state and federal obligations to protect public health and the environment.
While the relevance of such information would depend on the outcome of litigation challenging the Clean Power Plan, state officials say it would be helpful in the near term to inform agency planning and decision-making.
Officials from these states participated in this letter: CA, CO, CT, DE, MA, MD, MN, NH, NY, OR, RI, VT, VA, and WA.
The EPA has previously provided information under similar circumstances. For example, during litigation on the Cross State Air Pollution rule, the EPA released additional information while a stay was in effect.
The Georgetown Climate Center supported states in the development of this joint letter to the EPA.