CLEAN POWER PLAN: 6 Takeaways as Trump Moves Toward Replacement
By Robin Bravender, Niina Heikkinen and Zack Colman, E&E News reporters
(Dec. 19, 2017) – After spending most of its first year tearing down climate rules, the Trump administration is now taking steps to write its own.
U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt yesterday asked for wide-ranging comment about how to replace the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule, the Clean Power Plan. In the lengthy document known as an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR), the administration offered important clues about the way forward, claimed that the Obama rule was illegal and gave critics fodder for counterattacks.
“This notice is a lot more substantive than a lot of us expected,” said Jeff Holmstead, an industry attorney who served as EPA’s top air official during the George W. Bush administration. “The expectation was the EPA was going to do a short ANPR and say, ‘Send us your ideas,’” he added. But the level of detail in the 44-page document “suggests they’re serious about coming up with a replacement rule.”