Corbett Expresses Concerns Regarding New EPA Regulations That Could Eliminate
– Governor Tom
Corbett released the following statement regarding new regulations issued today
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding carbon emissions.
“As Pennsylvanians, we are doing our fair share to reduce carbon
emissions, and we have made great strides in recent years. While we
continue to review the EPA’s proposed rulemaking in detail, I am concerned that
these new mandates will eventually shut down hundreds of coal-fired power
plants across the country and destroy thousands of family-sustaining
jobs. Those reports, if true, are unacceptable.
“In Pennsylvania, nearly 63,000 men and women, including 8,100
miners, work in jobs supported by the coal industry. Anything that seeks to or
has the effect of shutting down coal-fired power plants is an assault on
Pennsylvania jobs, consumers, and those citizens who rely upon affordable,
abundant domestic energy.
“Our commitment to Pennsylvania’s coal industry does not mean we
have to sacrifice clean air. Quite the contrary, greenhouse gas emissions
today are at levels we haven’t seen since 1994. The United States is
leading the world in reducing carbon emissions – a significant accomplishment
brought about by our commitment to environmental protection, advancements in
new technology and the power of a free market.
“We have been proactive in Pennsylvania by outlining our
common-sense approach to reduce emissions in a recent white
paper that we shared with the EPA. We will review the EPA’s latest
proposed rulemaking in detail to see if the Obama Administration took seriously
their professed commitment to public input.
In April 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) submitted a white paper to the EPA, urging federal officials
to consider state differences and needed flexibility when developing emissions
guidelines addressing carbon dioxide (CO2) standards for existing
fossil fuel-fired power stations. The department’s white paper presents an
innovative and flexible framework for achieving lower CO2 emissions
from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants and urges the EPA to preserve the
authority and discretion of states in the development and implementation of
emission control programs.
To read the white paper, visit www.dep.state.pa.us,
and click on “Air,” then “Bureau of Air Quality.”
Corbett noted that the DEP submitted its Climate Change Action Plan to the
governor and General Assembly in December. The plan includes a
comprehensive review of the state of climate change in Pennsylvania, including
emission trends and recommendations to further reduce emissions going forward.
Caras, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116