WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 30, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22), Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee, today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that stripped the basis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) sweeping rule on mercury and other emissions from power plants in the United States:
“Clean air and clean water are vitally important, but so are a reliable power grid and economic development. I have long believed that the EPA should regulate only when a rule is actually achievable and the benefits outweigh the costs. This morning, the Supreme Court told the Agency that one of its largest and most impactful rules failed to live up to this standard and they need to go back and reconsider the impacts of their actions. As EPA continues work on its “Clean Power Plan” for carbon emissions and, perhaps more importantly for the Houston area, its enormous new rulemaking on ground-level ozone that could strangle our local economy, I hope they will take this lesson to heart. We can balance the goals of clean air with a strong economy.”
Rep. Olson is a leading sponsor of H.R. 1388, the Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act, which would require EPA to consider cost and achievability when setting ambient air quality standards. Click here to read Rep. Olson’s statements on the CASE Act.