The White House Office of Management and Budget has been busy meeting with a wide range of stakeholders on EPA's Clean Power Plan in recent weeks. On today's The Cutting Edge, ClimateWire reporter Emily Holden discusses what's at stake in these meetings and how they may affect the timing of the rollout of the final rule.
Monica Trauzzi: Welcome to the Cutting Edge. The While House Office of Management and Budget has been busy meeting with a wide range of stakeholders on EPA's Clean Power Plan. Here to tell us what it all means for the final rule is ClimateWire's Emily Holden. Emily, you and our colleague, Rod Kuckro, have been following these developments closely. Who's been in these meetings, and what does this tell us about the final rule?
Emily Holden: It's the usual cast and crew, sort of who you would expect, so the utility trade groups, their CEOs, the National Mining Association, the Sierra Club, the Clean Air Task Force, actually a lot of energy technology companies, and what it really shows is that this is a far-reaching rule. It's very broad. It's going to have impacts on the industry and really anyone working on any climate initiative, and so everyone has a horse in the race, so to speak. The meetings are really short. They're about 30 minutes, but a lot of people still feel like it's their last chance to really influence any changes that might happen in the rule.
Monica Trauzzi: And there's a big meeting set for this Tuesday. What do you know so far?
Emily Holden: So there are some states that have been meeting as part of this initiative with the Georgetown Climate Center, and the environmental agencies that we know that are going are from Pennsylvania and Washington state. We think they're probably going to be there to tell EPA some of the information that they think they need that they've gathered from these discussions with each other, including on, you know, how they could potentially work together and trade compliance credits, that sort of thing.
Monica Trauzzi: And the major sticking point for many of these stakeholders is the economic impacts of the rule. Do you think that that could ultimately sway minds at the White House?
Emily Holden: Right. So I think a lot of the changes that are going to be made to the rule have probably already happened, anything major that's going to change the scope or the potential economic impact. At the same time, the National Mining Association and other said, you know, we feel like there's a different tone in OMB than there is with EPA, and if they're already thinking about a change that they might want to make, that it might be our last chance to kind of sway that and push them over the fence.
Monica Trauzzi: So, of course, we're all trying to read the tea leaves on the timing of the final rule release. What do the series of meetings tell you about when we could see that final rule drop?
Emily Holden: We're still all looking at August, and historically these meetings that OMB have gone anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month, but the Clean Power Plan is a bigger rule than we've ever seen before, so it's a little hard to tell, but we'll be following that very closely, and the best place to watch for it is on E&E's Power Plan Hub.
Monica Trauzzi: Of course. We will keep watching. Thank you for coming on the show.
Emily Holden: Thank you.
Monica Trauzzi: More Cutting Edge coming next Friday. We'll see you then.
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