September 12, 2014

SLLC Webinar on EPA's Proposed Rules on Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Existing Power Plants

On Thursday, September 18, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EDT), the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) – a partner of SLC – will host a complimentary webinar that will examine EPA’s recently proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The webinar, which is open to all SLC members, will provide a focused look at legal issues raised within the proposed rule and its implementation for states and local governments on which they may want to address in their written comments.

EPA has invited comment on a number of issues that may have legal implications for states. Given the compliance obligations this rule will create for states, the National Governors Association has worked with the SLLC to develop a presentation that will provide states with an opportunity to explore topics that will most directly affect them. Some of these topics will be addressed in the webinar and include:
  • State-level considerations for regional compliance and a legal roadmap for how states could join together to develop a regional consortium to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Whether states can legally adopt multiple approaches to reducing carbon emissions, including approaches that are rate based, mass based, market based, or some combination of those three.
  • The authority for states to implement approaches outside of reductions at individual power plants (regardless of the legal interpretation at the federal level), or whether states need internal authority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through other measures like regional agreements or the implementation of energy efficiency measures through 111(d).
  • The ability of states to adjust the specific percentage by which they must reduce their carbon emissions by 2030.
Roger Martella, a former General Counsel for the EPA and current partner with the law firm of Sidley Austin, will lead the discussion and answer questions.

The webinar can be accessed by clicking here. Prior to the meeting time, you may wish to set up Lync audio and video to ensure your computer program is compatible.