CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has submitted a feasibility study to the state Legislature related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants. To read the Feasibility Report, and an accompanying analysis by the Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research, click on the WVDEP’s website here.
The study was mandated by House Bill 2004, which passed the Legislature in 2015. It looked at the feasibility of developing a state plan for the regulation of emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, in order to comply with the requirements in the U.S. EPA’s rule, which was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court in February pending the outcome of a legal challenge led by West Virginia’s attorney general. The study, submitted yesterday afternoon, required a comprehensive analysis of the potential effects the rule – which is 111(d) of the Clean Air Act – on the state, its people and its economy. Read more