Committee Probes Federal Agencies on New EPA Rules Impacting Nation's Electricity Supply

May 9, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent letters to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson,  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, and Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu seeking information on new Obama administration EPA rules impacting the electric power sector. 

The letters, authored by Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) along with Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), seek information about EPA's plans for implementing the regulations, and about the agency's decision-making process and analysis supporting development of these rules.  They also seek information regarding the extent to which EPA has consulted or coordinated with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy in development and planning for implementation of these regulations. The committee is concerned that the Obama EPA has been regulating too much too fast, without fully analyzing the feasibility and economic impacts of its new rules. The stakes could not be higher; if federal agencies impose unaffordable or unworkable rules that drive up the price of electricity, it will directly impact consumers and businesses, lower the standard of living, and impede the economic growth necessary for this nation to create jobs and emerge strongly from a devastating recession. 

For copies of the letters, click here.

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