Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in 'West Virginia v. EPA' [August 8, 2016] [open pdf - 963KB]
"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."
CRS Report for Congress, R44480
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html