Capito leads effort to overturn EPA power plant rule

By Emma Dumain | 04/25/2024 06:07 AM EDT

The Senate Republican plans to file a Congressional Review Act resolution against the new mandates.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). Francis Chung/POLITICO

The top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will lead efforts in her chamber to reverse EPA’s new power plant climate rule.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said in a statement she would soon be introducing a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn what she referred to as “the EPA’s job-killing regulations.”

The agency on Thursday is rolling out new, aggressive emissions reduction standards for existing coal and new gas plants. Capito and other skeptics on both sides of the aisle have said the rulemaking could lead to higher energy prices and more volatility across the nation’s power sector.


“Electricity demand is set to skyrocket thanks in part to the EPA’s own electric vehicles mandate, and unfortunately, Americans are already paying higher utility bills under President [Joe] Biden,” said Capito, referring to other recent EPA rules designed to lower car and truck emissions.