JACKSON, Miss. (June 3, 2016) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has put a pause on implementing the EPA “Clean Power Plan.” The move sets a precedent that state could ultimately use to permanently nullify the federal program in effect.
According to DEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur, the agency will hold off implementing the plan until a final Supreme Court ruling on the program.
In February, the Supreme Court issued a stay on implementing the Clean Power Plan after 24 states sued to block the EPA plan. According to MississippiWatchdog.org, the EPA continues to move forward with implementation despite the stay.
“According to three members of House Energy and Commerce Committee — Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chair Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky), and Oversight and Investigations Chair Tim Murphy (R-Pennsylvania) — the EPA is already implementing parts of the plan despite the Supreme Court’s stay. The trio blasted the agency in a letter last week to Administrator Gina McCarthy, accusing the EPA of violating the stay by initiating regulatory processes that were ‘integrally related to the suspended rule’ that would compel states to respond and thus indirectly participate in implementation of the rule.”
The Mississippi DEQ’s refusal to implement sets a precedent the state should follow even if the Supreme Court ultimately approves the Clean Power Plan. The state has no obligation to implement the program. It should simply let the federal government try to implement and enforce the plan itself. Since the feds rely heavily on state cooperation, widespread noncompliance would likely nullify…