U.S. House of Representatives Takes Important Step in Curbing EPA Overreach

Posted by Laura Sheehan at 4:19 pm, March 06, 2014

Good news coming out of Capitol Hill today if you are a supporter, like we are, of sound energy policy that works to ensure Americans have continued access to affordable and reliable electricity. H.R. 3826 “The Energy Security and Affordability Act,” sponsored by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) passed the U.S. House of Representatives today, marking greater action from Congress in the fight against EPA overreach.

The Energy Security and Affordability Act is a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation that requires greater transparency for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rulemaking process and safeguards against the agency’s overzealous standards for both new and existing power plants.

As our President and CEO Mike Duncan commented, “At a time of such political polarization, Representative Whitfield and Senator Manchin should be commended for their bi-partisan leadership in the fight against EPA’s costly, overreaching regulations.”

The leaders involved in this important bill should be commended for their common sense approach to setting limitations for agency regulations. They understand that the future of America’s energy supply is far too important an issue to draw hard lines in the sand. Congress has spoken, and they have demonstrated that the topic of greenhouse gas regulations for power plants is not a partisan issue.

Also of note this week, EPA’s extension of the comment period for New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new sources posted on the federal register. These regulations will place a de facto ban on building new coal-based power plants, which will jeopardize America’s energy future.

Your voice is important, and we need your help to advocate for our nation’s economy and all American families struggling with rising energy bills. You can join our effort by voicing your concerns to EPA today. Please visit www.eparegscostjobs.com to file comments.


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