CARB Chair Unfazed By Clean Power Plan Delay

Stating that the U.S. Supreme Court's preliminary ruling "does not disturb the CPP's status as enacted federal law," Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols announced that the board will move forward on planning for implementation of the plan, including by hosting public workshops and proposing amendments that will allow California to submit a final CPP plan if the board approves it.

The chair of California's Air Resources Board said Feb. 10 that the U.S. Supreme Court's stay one day earlier, by a 5-4 vote, of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan will not delay California's actions.

The plan aims to set greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements for the nation's power plants. "The Supreme Court's narrowly procedural ruling may create some temporary confusion, but we are confident that the Clean Power Plan will prevail," Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols said. "California will not slow down our drive for clean air, renewable energy, and the good jobs that come from investing in green technologies."

Stating that the high court's preliminary ruling "does not disturb the CPP's status as enacted federal law," she announced that the board will move forward on planning for implementation of the plan, including by hosting public workshops and proposing amendments that will allow California to submit a final CPP plan if the board approves it.

The excellent SCOTUSblog website offers a recap of the court's action and links to seven other sites' analyses of the impact on EPA, states that are crafting plans to comply with the CPP, and the recent Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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