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Clean Power Plan expected to keep tough targets

In continuing coverage, the Wall Street Journal (7/31, Harder, Subscription Publication) reports that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is expected to maintain the tough emission-reduction targets in the draft proposal, but will push back the deadlines for meeting them. It is also expected to promote nuclear generation. The Journal notes that the EPA will be changing portions of the rule, including provisions related to energy efficiency that utilities had argued against, and will add incentives for states to increase renewable energy usage and energy efficiency. Reuters (7/31, Volcovici) reports that experts also expect the plan to better lay out how power plants can trade emission permits to meet requirements.

A second in Reuters (7/30, Hurley) “Factbox” features a question-and-answer-style article on the expected legal challenges to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Issues addressed include the likelihood of an initial stay, the challengers’ arguments, the potential swaying of the appeals court, and the road to the Supreme Court.

Poll: Minorities Want Jobs To Be Prioritized Over Climate Change. The Washington Examiner (7/31) reports that a new poll from the American Association of Blacks in Energy found that “66 percent of African-American voters and 61 percent of Hispanics think the president’s priority should be job creation,” while less than 5 percent of those surveyed “said improving air quality should be a top priority.” The group’s CEO, Paula Jackson, said, “The message to the president was clear: Job creation and economic growth in the African American and Hispanic communities should be priorities.” The article notes that the NAM and other business groups “are leading an eleventh-hour campaign to reverse EPA’s ozone proposal,” citing that it would cost the US economy $140 billion each year.

South Dakota AG Joins Fight Against EPA’s Water Rule. The AP (7/31) reports that South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley “joined counterparts and other officials in 30 other states” requesting that the EPA “delay implementing” its recent “Waters of the U.S.” rule, which clarifies what waterways are covered by the Clean Water Act.

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