Partner Mack McGuffey offered his perspective on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan at the Southern Legislative Conference last week, as reported in the Monday, July 20 issue of E&E News. The lawmakers signed a resolution urging state attorneys general to sue the EPA over its latest Clean Power Plan rule, which calls for a reorganization of the nation’s electric power supply with the intent of reducing carbon emission by 30 percent, as compared to 2005 levels, by the year 2030. In his presentation to lawmakers, Mack noted that recent Supreme Court precedent raises serious questions about the legal viability of the rule, which EPA plans to issue in a matter of weeks. Mack also covered other hot topics related to air quality regulations, such as EPA’s final “SIP Call” for provisions related to startup, shutdown, and malfunction events, EPA’s recent loss in the Supreme Court over its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, and the potential impacts associated with EPA’s proposal to strengthen its National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground-level ozone.
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