Industry to EPA: We Want Rule ‘Fixed, Not Just Gone’

E&E News discusses industry recommendations for the Trump administration on the Clean Power Plan with Myron Ebell.

Industry has delivered a clear message to the Trump administration during a series of recent closed-door meetings: Don’t completely gut the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

To be sure, leading industry associations are pushing White House and U.S. EPA officials to drastically roll back the landmark climate change rule. They’re advocating a new approach that still limits power plants’ emissions but is narrower than the one envisioned by President Obama’s team.

The meetings came after recent reports that EPA was planning to pursue a legal strategy known as the “112 exclusion,” which argued the agency couldn’t regulate power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act — as the Clean Power Plan proposed — because they were already hit with limits for mercury and air toxins under Section 112.

Some haven’t given up hope on the Section 112 exclusion and an ultimate challenging of the endangerment finding. Myron Ebell, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, said in an email that the White House could ask for input on both the inside-the-fence-line approach and Section 112 exclusion in the public comment portion of the rulemaking process after rescinding the Clean Power Plan.

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