Rep. Gene Green Responds to EPA’s Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON – On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of its Clean Power Plan to regulate and lower greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The final rule would require plants to put out an average of 32 percent less carbon dioxide by 2030 than they had in the year 2005. Congressman Gene Green released the following statement in response:
“The Clean Power Plan is a big step in the regulation of the power sector. I’m cautiously optimistic about the plan considering Texas’ unique challenges in meeting these new standards. State regulators are now required to work toward crafting a reasonable and timely plan. Texas has dealt with federal implementation plans in the past, and the permitting process suffered lengthy delay. Industries and agencies do not want to undergo that again.
“The final rule considers the time and cost to industry and offers extensions on State Implementation Plans, a Reliability Safety Valve (RSV), and lengthened compliance deadlines. I am pleased the EPA has requested assistance input from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in overseeing the implementation of the rule to ensure that reliability is protected. Congress will continue to monitor the implementation and will offer common sense solutions if any issues present themselves.”