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House, Senate bills aim to block EPA rules on greenhouse gases

From the June 13, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published June 13, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
Two members of the House from West Virginia introduced a bill June 10 that would block the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

The measure, H.R. 4813, also would prohibit the EPA from issuing any similar rules on CO2 for the next five years, unless Congress approves. The bill, which was introduced by Reps. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., and David McKinley, R-W.Va., has 69 cosponsors.

Earlier this month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced a bill to block the EPA rules. Called the Coal Country Protection Act, McConnell's bill aims to prevent the EPA from finalizing its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gases from new and existing power plants until the White House certifies that the rules will not increase electricity prices or reduce jobs.

Before the EPA could finalize any climate change regulations on power plants, the bill (S. 2414) would require the secretary of labor to certify that any proposed NSPS for new or existing power plants would not result in job losses. In addition, the measure would require the director of the Congressional Budget Office to certify that such regulations would not result in a loss of gross domestic product, and the head of the Energy Information Administration to certify that they would not increase electricity costs.  The bill also would require the heads of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation to confirm that the proposed rules would not affect electric reliability.

H.R. 4808, a House version of the McConnell bill, was introduced on June 5 by Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa. 


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