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EPA's Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants: Frequently Asked Questions [June 15, 2016]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"[…] In June 2013, the President released a Climate Action Plan and directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose standards for 'carbon pollution' (i.e., carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas (GHG)) from existing power plants by June 2014 and to finalize the standards a year later. EPA proposed the standards on June 2, 2014, and finalized them on August 3, 2015. The rule, known as the Clean Power Plan, sets individual state targets for average emissions from existing power plants--interim targets for the period 2022-2029 and final targets to be met by 2030. The rule set a deadline of September 6, 2016, for states to submit implementation plans to EPA detailing how they will meet these targets. However, the rule is the subject of ongoing litigation in which a number of states and other entities have challenged the rule, while other states and entities have intervened in support of the rule. On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court stayed the rule for the duration of the litigation. The rule therefore currently lacks enforceability or legal effect, and if the rule is ultimately upheld, at least some of the deadlines would have to be delayed. This report summarizes the Clean Power Plan rule as it was finalized on August 3, 2015, before discussing how the ongoing litigation may potentially impact the rule and its deadlines."

Report Number:CRS Report for Congress, R44341
Author:McCarthy, James E.
Ramseur, Jonathan L.
Leggett, Jane A.
Wyatt, Alexandra M.
Dolan, Alissa M.
Publisher:Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
Date:2016-06-15
Copyright:Public Domain
Retrieved From:Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html
Format:pdf
Media Type:application/pdf
URL:https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=793518
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