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EPA's Clean Power Plan Rule: Cutting carbon pollution from power plants

We're currently working to develop a plan to implement the EPA Clean Power Plan rule that was adopted in 2015. The rule is intended to reduce greenhouse gases, generally referred to as carbon pollution, from power plants nationwide.

Washington, and other states, are required to develop and submit a plan to EPA that illustrates how the rule will be implemented.

Recent Supreme Court ruling on the Clean Power Plan

The Supreme Court agreed, in a 5-4 vote on Feb. 9, 2016, to freeze the EPA's Clean Power Plan. The order comes in response to a request from a broad array of states, utilities and other industry groups that asked the high court to put the rule on hold while legal challenges play out in a lower court.

Ecology intends to continue to work with the Washington power sector, and others, to design the best path forward for Washington utilities, rate payers, the public, and the environment. Washington is required to submit a final plan to EPA by Sept. 6, 2018. Until Ecology receives clarification on the EPA's authority from the courts, it makes sense for Washington to go ahead with drafting this plan to ensure our state’s interests are fully represented and that we meet all of our federal obligations.

Washington’s energy is cleaner than many other states.

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A map of power plants, technical documents, links to EPA information and other resources.


For more information, contact Camille St. Onge, 360-407-6932.