Sadly, but not unexpectedly, the EPA published its repeal of the Clean Power Plan, otherwise known as the Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units. It’s like a punch in the gut to those of us who value the remarkably progressive environmental work of the Obama administration, especially former EPA director Gina McCarthy. The new direction of the EPA is allied with the imperatives of the coal industry, whose leaders spin their profit motive into concern for the jobs and welfare of their workers.
There is a temporary saving grace to this outrage. The public has until Dec. 15 to respond to the repeal (Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355) at regulations.gov. The EPA must review all comments and respond to any major issues raised. In the meantime, Pennsylvania can continue to reduce CO2 through energy efficiency, no matter what outcome at the federal level.
Cynthia Haveson Veloric, Gladwyne