December 1, 2014
In a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, environment and energy leaders from 14 states expressed strong support for the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.
This group of state environmental agency leaders, energy agency leaders and public utility commissioners commended the proposed carbon pollution rule for power plants, which they said provides states the flexibility to build on proven policies to cost-effectively achieve meaningful carbon pollution reductions.
In the letter, state officials respond to EPA’s requests for comment in the proposal and in its subsequent Notice of Data Availability, suggesting ways that EPA can clarify and refine the rule. Officials from these 14 states signed the letter: CA, CT, DE, IL, MA, MD, ME, MN, NY, NH, OR, RI, VT, WA.
This letter and the states’ dialogue leading to it was facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center. The group of state leaders has been meeting since July 2013. The Center previously facilitated comments to the EPA in December 2013 from a similar group of state leaders prior to the issuance of the rule. For more information on the Center’s related work, please visit http://www.georgetownclimate.org/our-clean-energy-work.