Legislation Gives States Protection from EPA

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Bipartisan legislation was passed yesterday, giving states protection from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule on existing power plants should a state’s governor, in consultation with state officials, determine that the federal plan would have an adverse impact on ratepayers or on the reliability of the state’s power grid. H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015, also extends compliance dates under the rule pending judicial review. Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton was one of those that voted for the bill. In a written statement Tipton said, “In Colorado, we value clean air and water, strive for a healthy environment, and do well to strike a balance between environmental protection and economic vitality.” He used Craig as an example of a community that has a vibrant energy sector that includes coal, and some of the cleanest air in the state. Tipton says the effects of the EPA’s rules “won’t be cleaner air overall, but they could jeopardize the reliability of the electrical grid and have a severe economic impact, costing jobs and creating additional hardships for families and businesses already struggling to make ends meet.” You can read Tipton’s full statement below.  Pictured: Scott Tipton

Tipton’s full statement:

“In Colorado, we value clean air and water, strive for a healthy environment, and do well to strike a balance between environmental protection and economic vitality. Visit Craig, Colorado to see a world-class example of this in practice, where responsible affordable energy production and clear blue skies exist. Yet, the Administration is attempting to impose drastic, and in some cases outright unattainable, mandates on existing power plans. The effects of these regulations won’t be cleaner air overall, but they could jeopardize the reliability of the electrical grid and have a severe economic impact, costing jobs and creating additional hardships for families and businesses already struggling to make ends meet,” said Tipton. “The Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 gives states an opportunity to have a voice in the process, and provides states with the opportunity for judicial review prior to being required to implement onerous federal mandate that could have severe impacts on ratepayers.”

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