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Senate resolution would block GHG standards for new plants


From the January 21, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 21, 2014

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced a resolution Jan. 16 under the Congressional Review Act to disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency’s re-proposed New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new fossil fuel-fired power plants. If adopted, the resolution, S.J. Res. 30, would overturn EPA’s NSPS rule for new fossil fuel-fired power plants. As of late last week, the resolution had 41 cosponsors, all Republicans.

McConnell also sent a letter asking the Government Accountability Office whether Congress had authority to consider and disapprove the proposed rule. While disapproval resolutions have been filed only on final rules, the Congressional Review Act places no such limitation on Congress, McConnell said. He said his resolution can be considered because NSPS regulations take effect immediately upon proposal.
 

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