HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 27, 2016) – Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a bill that expands and clarifies a state law that takes a small but important first step in setting the foundation to reject federal some EPA rules and regulations in practice.
Sen. Donald White (R) introduced Senate Bill 1195 (SB1195) earlier this year. The legislation amended and clarified a law passed in 2014 that requires the state legislature to give approval before the state submits any plan to comply with EPA “Clean Power Plan” emission requirements.
Under Pennsylvania law, the state Department of Environmental Protection must submit any plan to comply with EPA Clean Power Plan emmission requirements to the legislature at least 100 calendar days before sending it to the EPA. If either legislative chamber rejects the state plan, the DEP must address the reasons for the rejection and modify it, or draft a new plan. New provisions just signed into law by the governor require a 180-day public comment period with at least four public hearings before the DEP can submit a new plan after legislation disapproval.
The amended version of the law also prohibits the DEP from submitting any plan until the expiration of the stay on the Clean Power Plan ordered by the Supreme Court.
The Pennsylvania aw does not guarantee the state will ultimately reject compliance with these EPA mandates,…