House Republicans say EPA methane fee ‘unworkable’

By Nico Portuondo | 04/09/2024 06:32 AM EDT

The lawmakers are urging the agency to reconsider its approach.

Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas).

Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) is taking a leading role in opposing EPA's implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act's methane fee. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Dozens of House Republicans are calling on EPA to make wide-ranging adjustments to its signature effort to reduce methane emissions from fossil fuel operations.

In a letter to Administrator Michael Regan on Monday, Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) led 55 House Republicans — mostly from energy-producing states — in calling the agency’s implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act’s so-called methane fee “unworkable.”

Specifically, Pfluger and the Republicans object to two proposed rules to implement the Inflation Reduction Act’s mandates — the so-called Waste Emissions Charge rule and separate but complementary rulemaking under Supbart W of the Clean Air Act’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.


“As currently proposed, this scheme will generate the maximum amount of fees while providing zero of the intended relief, or the improved accuracy of emissions reporting,” wrote the lawmakers.