Environment

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 25, 2017) – A Virginia House bill that would set the foundation to reject the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” in practice cleared its first hurdle yesterday, passing an important committee. Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-Bristol) introduced House Bill 1974 (HB1974) on Jan. 10. The legislation would prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from unilaterally implementing…

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 17, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Virginia House would take a small, but important, first step in setting the foundation to reject the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” in practice. Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-Bristol) introduced House Bill 1974 (HB1974) on Jan. 10. The legislation would prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from…

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 9, 2017) – An Indiana bill would nullify all EPA regulations within the state, and place sole authority for environmental regulations in the hands of a state agency. Rep. Chris Judy filed House Bill 1127 (HB1127) on Jan. 5. The legislation rests on the following legislative finding: “The regulation making authority of the…

HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 27, 2016) – Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a bill that expands and clarifies a state law that takes a small but important first step in setting the foundation to reject federal some EPA rules and regulations in practice. Sen. Donald White (R) introduced Senate Bill 1195 (SB1195) earlier this year. The legislation amended…

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jun. 27, 2016) – A bill originally written to prohibit North Carolina from assisting in the enforcement of certain Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules was drastically altered in committee, taking out the provisions that would have pushed back against federal regulations. Introduced by Sen. Chad Barefoot (R-Wake), Sen. Jim Davis (R-Cherokee), and Sen.…

JACKSON, Miss. (June 3, 2016) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has put a pause on implementing the EPA “Clean Power Plan.” The move sets a precedent that state could ultimately use to permanently nullify the federal program in effect. According to DEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur, the agency will hold off implementing the plan…

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 25, 2016) – Earlier this month, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law that halts state efforts to comply with the EPA Clean Power Plan, at least temporarily. Senate Bill 318 (SB318) passed both houses of the Kansas legislature comfortably. It prohibits any state agency from engaging in activities relating…

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 11, 2016) – A bill introduced in Ohio would reject the federal “Clean Power Plan” rules in the state and set the foundation to nullify it in practice. Introduced by State Rep. Al Landis (R) House Bill 541 (HB541) would prohibit any state agency from taking any action to implement the federal “Clean Power…