Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News
President Obama’s Clean Power Plan mandating carbon reductions from existing power plants across the country has been assailed by Utah and other states as an unprecedented attack on coal that falls outside the scope of the Clean Air Act.
And even as states scramble to point out the plan is unworkable, illegal, costly and counter to its objective to reduce pollution, multiple state legislatures — particularly in coal-rich states — already have moved to undercut the federal rule, which is due out this year.
With just two weeks left in the 2015 Utah Legislature, anything is likely to happen as far as the Beehive State following the lead of states such as Kentucky, Virginia or Pennsylvania.
Those states passed laws giving their legislatures the power to veto any state-crafted carbon emission reduction plans, and other states such as West Virginia, Montana and Minnesota want their lawmakers to have the ability to sign off on any carbon reduction plan before it is submitted to the federal government.
Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, is running HJR19, which declares the Utah Legislature’s support of the state’s position asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the rule and let Congress and the states reduce power plant emissions. (…)