Twenty-Two AGs Submitted Comments on EPA’s Power Plant Rule

New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 22 attorneys general—along with the cities of Boulder, Chicago, Denver, New York, and Philadelphia—in submitting comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new, modified, and existing fossil-fueled power plants. Emphasizing the importance of both ensuring a reliable grid and addressing climate change, the AGs argued that the rule is a “key component of the nation’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is in turn critical to ensuring grid resilience against climate harms.” Specifically, the AGs noted that the rule includes features that will safeguard and enhance grid reliability, such as provisions around compliance lead times, capacity considerations, and emissions trading. Additionally, the AGs noted that the rule is well-informed by EPA’s thorough stakeholder engagement, and is also supported by several studies.