Md. Attorney General to Hold Public Hearing on Repeal of Clean Power Plan Print
Written by Engage Mountain Maryland   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 09:29

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, joined by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Speaker of the House, Michael E. Busch, and the Maryland General Assembly, announced that Maryland will hold a hearing on the Trump Administration’s proposed repeal of the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, commonly known as the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan established the first-ever nationwide limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants. On March 28, 2017, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a notice indicating the EPA’s intent to review the Clean Power Plan. On October 16, the EPA proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan, claiming that it is not consistent with the Clean Air Act.

EPA describes the Clean Power Plan as a punishing regulation that means lost jobs for energy workers. Listening sessions in high energy-producing states such as California, Wyoming, and Kansas have already been held to garner support for the repeal.

EPA is now taking comments on that proposal but has scheduled no hearings on the East Coast. States across the country in addition to Maryland are holding their own public hearings and will submit comments directly to the EPA. Maryland’s hearing will address the environmental and economic impact on the State of Maryland of the proposed repeal and will ensure Marylanders’ voices are heard on this important measure.

The hearing will take place on January 11, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building in Annapolis. Additional information and information for individuals who wish to submit testimony, or testify in person can be found here:

 
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