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Upton & Whitfield Comment on Supreme Court Decision on EPA’S Unlawful MATS Rule


06.29.15

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) rule.

“Costs to jobs and the economy matter. This important decision was the right one and underscores that agencies do not have unlimited authority to impose excessive costs on the American public. Unfortunately, this ruling comes after the rule has already taken a toll, with a number of power plants shuttered and many jobs lost because of the EPA’s unlawful action. The ruling further underscores the need to extend the compliance requirements for the pending 111(d) rule until the numerous legal questions surrounding it are fully resolved, which is why we have introduced and the House has passed H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act.”

H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act, is bipartisan legislation addressing EPA’s pending 111(d) rule for existing power plants.  H.R. 2042 would allow for completion of judicial review of the final rule before requiring states and affected entities to comply.

For more information on H.R. 2042, click here.

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