The Supreme Court denied DEP’s motion to let the state participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative on an emergency basis while DEP defends the rule.
The Wolf administration estimates that the initiative will reduce Pennsylvania’s carbon dioxide emissions by up to 225 million tons through 2030.
Pennsylvania’s regulation allowing the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative took effect July 1, making it the first major fossil fuel-producing state to price carbon emissions.
SCOTUS EPA ruling a set-back for climate regulations, but Pennsylvania retains power to set limits, lawyers say
Pennsylvania has its own law governing air pollution that gives the state Department of Environmental Protection authority.
Coal and labor groups and power plant owners are suing the Department of Environmental Protection, saying the rule will cause them irreparable harm.
Coal-related interests sued on Monday to block the centerpiece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to fight climate change
Joining RGGI is the centerpiece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to address climate change.
The state can be a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative once the rule that allows joining is published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday.
Publishing the rule would make it official, positioning Pennsylvania to become the first major fossil fuel-producing state to put a price on carbon emissions.
Wolf has vetoed a similar attempt before. But this time, Republicans say they’re offering a solution.