Clean Power Plan / Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines

The Environmental & Energy Law Program is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following. If you’re a reporter and would like to speak with an expert on this rule please email us.

Current Status

On October 10, 2017, EPA released a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, saying the rule “exceeds the Agency’s statutory authority.” EPA has not proposed a replacement rule, but on December 28, 2017, the agency published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit comments on carbon dioxide emissions control measures that could be implemented at individual power plants.

Why it Matters

The Clean Power Plan is the crown jewel of America’s international climate commitments, promising to lower emissions from the power sector 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. The rule allows states flexibility to figure out how best to achieve the necessary reductions. A rollback undermines U.S. emissions reduction targets and creates uncertainty for power producers.

Click here learn more about the history of this rule and actions that have been taken on it by the Trump Administration.

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