President Trump’s EPA is trying to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a commonsense standard to cut carbon emissions from our nation’s existing power plants. Comments are due January 16, and I’d like to urge you to weigh in. Every argument presented in EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s press release is hollow. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on three separate occasions that the EPA has the responsibility under the Clean Air Act and other laws to protect human health and the environment from carbon pollution from power plants and other sources.
To be clear, Scott Pruitt, who before becoming EPA Administrator sued the EPA 14 times, wants to delay taking action on climate change, which is a direct threat to human health and the environment. If anything, the Clean Power Plan should be strengthened, not repealed nor weakened. The Trump Administration’s own analysis found that the Clean Power Plan could prevent as many as 4,500 premature deaths each year by 2030 and previous estimates found the Clean Power Plan could provide up to $54 billion in health and climate benefits.
Help Save the Clean Power Plan
You may also submit comments in the following ways:
Comments may be sent to [email protected]. Include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 in the subject line of the message.
Fax your comments to: (202) 566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355.
Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail Code 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460.
EPA Docket Center, Room 3334, EPA WJC West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.
Note: Comments submitted will be part of public record.
But Wait, There’s More!
On December 18, 2017, the EPA released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. This is a separate, but related attack on the Clean Power Plan. This notice asks the public for input on what a replacement rule for the Clean Power Plan would look like. Comments on this notice are due February 18, 2018. GASP will also be submitting comments.
Haley joined GASP in 2014 as our programs manager and was named staff attorney in 2016. She has a B.A. from George Washington University, J.D. from Cumberland School of Law and a master’s in public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.