Water in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly: Clean Power Plan Implementation Bill

This is one of a series of posts on particular water-related bills in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly.  For an inventory of about 160 water-related bills in the 2017 General Assembly, please visit the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s “Virginia Water Legislation” page, online at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/virginia-water-legislation/.  Each post includes a summary of the bill(s), their legislative status (in committee, passed, failed, etc.), and a list of hyperlinked headlines for news media items on the bill(s).  Information on the bills’ provisions and status is taken from the Virginia Legislative Information System (LIS), online at http://leg1.state.va.us/lis.htm.  Each bill number is hyperlinked to the LIS entry for that bill.

HB 1974, Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan; General Assembly approval.  This bill, sponsored by Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District), of Bristol, passed the House, passed the Senate in amended form, and then—as amended—failed in the House.  The original bill would have required the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to receive approval from the General Assembly for a state plan to implement the federal Clean Power Plan—which regulates carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants—prior to submitting the state plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.  The Senate amendment stated that the bills would not take effect the 2017 General Assembly passed an appropriation effectuating the purposes of the bill.

News Media Items to this Bill
Virginia Committee Passes Bill Setting Foundation to Reject EPA Clean Power Plan, Tenth Amendment Center, 1/25/17.
Virginia Bill Would Set the Foundation to Reject EPA Clean Power Plan, Tenth Amendment Center, 1/17/17.

Background on the Federal Clean Power Plan
The EPA published the final Clean Power Plan regulation in August 2015.  Implementation of the plan was stayed by a federal court pending litigation against the regulation by several states.  On March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order calling for a review of the regulation.  For more on the Clean Power Plan regulation, including the lawsuit challenging the regulation, please see the following News Grouper items:
Final Version of “Clean Power Plan” Announced by President Obama and the U.S. EPA on August 3, 2015;
Clean Power Plan Lawsuit Against U.S. EPA; Overview and Information Sources;
Trump Administration’s March 28, 2017, Executive Order on Climate/Energy Policies of the Obama Administration, Including Review of Clean Power Plan.

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