Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in 'West Virginia v. EPA' [April 27, 2016]   [open pdf - 953KB]

"On October 23, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final Clean Power Plan rule (CPP or Rule) to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), specifically carbon dioxide (CO2), from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants. The aim of the Rule, according to EPA, is to help protect human health and the environment from the impacts of climate change. The CPP would require states to submit plans to achieve state-specific CO2 goals reflecting emission performance rates or emission levels for predominantly coal-and gas-fired power plants, with a series of interim goals culminating in final goals by 2030… This report provides legal background on the Rule, its Clean Air Act (CAA) framework under Section 111, and climate-related lawsuits that have preceded the present litigation over the CPP. It then gives an overview of the participants in the current litigation, including two groups of Members of Congress, who have offered briefs in support of the petitioners and the respondents, respectively. This report explains the major events in the litigation as of the date of publication, including the Supreme Court stay, and the likely timetable of events in the near term."

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CRS Report for Congress, R44480
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Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html
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