States ask EPA for help on climate rule plans

By Devin Henry

More than a dozen states have asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give them more information on how to form implementation plans for the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants. 

The rule — the Clean Power Plan — has been stayed by the Supreme Court while litigation against it proceeds. But states are still able to form plans to implement the carbon reduction goals set out in the rule, and fourteen sent EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe a letter on Thursday asking for guidance on how to do that. 

"The final resolution of this litigation is uncertain,” the states wrote. “However, having more information about how states might comply with the Clean Power Plan should it be upheld will better inform state engagement and agency decision-making.”