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THE CLEAN POWER PLAN — Is This a Farewelling to the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan? If So — What Is Next For America’s Electric-Generating Power Plants?

October 11, 2017

The News of October 10, 2017 — out of Washington, DC

Today, the Administrator of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) announced the official start of a long, comprehensive process to repeal the Obama Administration’s “Clean Power Plan” that would put limits on electric power generating plants’ carbon emissions and in the process encourage a shift to renewable fuel sources.

This move is part an ongoing saga in which the new administration basically seeks to roll back some of the political and societal actions of the prior administration. Especially in the areas of environmental protection, energy policy, addressing climate change issues, and Federal oversight of certain industries (like coal, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, electricity generation).

The specific action by Administrator Scott Pruitt today was to issue a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (an “NPRM”) which proposes to repeal the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (the “CPP”). This was issued by Executive Order by President Barack Obama in summer 2015 — and has been under legal challenge ever since.

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