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.

FEDERAL CLEAN POWER PLAN BILL 

HB 1974, sponsored by Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District), of Bristol, would require 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 for approval.  As of January 27, 2017, the bill had been reported from the House Commerce and Labor Committee and referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

The U.S. EPA published the final Clean Power Plan regulation in August 2015; implementation of the plan, however, has been stayed by a federal court pending litigation against the regulation by several states.  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;
and Clean Power Plan Lawsuit Against U.S. EPA Overview and Information Sources.

News media items
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, 10th Amendment Center, 1/17/17.

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