WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) praised Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement that the agency would hold a listening session in Gillette, WY, on the repeal of the Obama administration’s burdensome Clean Power Plan regulation. EPA announced that the dates and specific location of the listening session would be released in the coming weeks.
“The Trump administration is listening to the people of Wyoming,” said Barrasso. “Today’s announcement that the EPA will hold a listening session in Gillette on the impacts of the so-called Clean Power Plan, demonstrates the administration’s commitment to hear directly from the people who would have been hurt most by this punishing regulation. The Clean Power Plan would have meant lost jobs for energy workers in Gillette and across Wyoming. I am thankful to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for his leadership on this important issue.”
On October 10, 2017, the EPA published a draft rule to repeal the Clean Power Plan rule.
On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order promoting energy independence and economic growth. This executive order rescinded a number of the Obama administration’s climate-related initiatives. It also directed the EPA and the Department of the Interior to review and – if appropriate – suspend, revise, or rescind regulations affecting the oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, and electric-generation sectors of our economy. Barrasso attended the signing ceremony for the order.
The EPA already held a listening session on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan in West Virginia. The agency will also hold listening sessions in Kansas City, MO, and San Francisco, CA.