McConnell Urges Governors Not to Comply with EPA Rule

Date: March 22, 2016

Senate Majority Leader Asks Governors to Stop Efforts to Implement Clean Power Plan

As debate over the excessive regulatory agenda of the EPA continues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has entered the fray. McConnell this week sent a letter to all US governors via the National Governors Association, urging them to halt efforts to comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The Hill reports that McConnell said his advice was supported by the Supreme Court’s ruling last month to stay the CPP, and that he believes the carbon limits imposed by CPP are in violation of the law. McConnell explained, “This is precisely why I suggested a ‘wait-and-see’ approach with respect to the CPP last year. Given the Supreme Court’s recent stay of the CPP and the painful lessons of [the mercury and air toxics standards], ‘wait-and-see’ remains the most responsible approach today.” He further advised that “declining to go along with the administration’s legally dubious plan will help provide the other two branches of government time to address many of the unanswered questions about this plan without putting your state at risk in the interim.” In response to McConnell’s letter, EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison said, “While the stay is in place, EPA will not take any action to implement or enforce it. However, the stay does not stop states, tribes, or utilities from continuing to act on climate. In fact, many have already said they’re going to keep moving forward.”

What This Means For Small Businesses

Small business nationwide will face higher electricity bills if
the CPP is allowed to take effect. The Supreme Court stay gave a welcome
reprieve from this mandate. However, small businesses in states that move
forward implementing the rule while the stay is in place could still realize
noticeable increases in electricity rates.

Additional Reading

The AP also covers the story.

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