WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on the start of the process to withdraw the Clean Power Plan rule. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun the regular inter-agency review process by delivering to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a draft proposal.

 “The so-called Clean Power Plan regulation would have closed power plants and hurt Wyoming’s energy workers,” said Barrasso. “I am glad the Environmental Protection Agency is beginning the process of removing this punishing regulation. I will continue to work with the administration as it seeks common sense policies to keep America’s air clean and economy growing.”

Background Information

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This executive order rescinded a number of the Obama administration’s climate-related initiatives.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.