CLEAN POWER PLAN

Hub streamlined ahead of executive action

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over the weekend confirmed executive action against the Clean Power Plan will likely begin this week.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, Pruitt said some regulations need to be rolled back in the near-term "in a very aggressive way" (E&E Daily, Feb. 27).

Executive orders from President Trump could move to expand oil, gas and coal development and direct EPA to begin a rulemaking to take apart the Clean Power Plan. The full process, however, will take years and face legal hurdles.

In preparation for tracking how the Trump administration chooses to unwind the rule, E&E News is launching several new tools on the Power Plan Hub.

The Hub now features an explainer page about the rule and how it came to be, as well as a background page that holds key documents, a technical summary of the regulation and a story archive.

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The changes are meant to make the Hub more accessible to newcomers to the regulation while maintaining the most-used resources.

Today through Wednesday, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy holds its summit in National Harbor, Md.

On Tuesday night, the president gives his first speech to both chambers of Congress.

In case you missed it

  • A vocal group in Virginia wants the General Assembly and governor to repeal a law that keeps state regulators from reviewing whether major utilities are making too much money. Lawmakers instituted a rate freeze in 2015 based on controversial arguments that the Clean Power Plan would cause power bills to skyrocket (Climatewire, Feb. 24).
  • Trump's daughter and son-in-law worked to remove references to the Paris climate deal in a new executive order, and White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to say if Trump is still committed to withdrawing from the agreement (Climatewire, Feb. 24).
  • North Carolina wants to withdraw from a lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan after a Democrat became governor (Energywire, Feb. 22).
  • EPA chief Pruitt is questioning whether his agency is empowered to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (Greenwire, Feb. 20).

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