Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued its ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Cross State Air Pollution Rule. In the ruling, the majority held that the EPA's rule violated the existing statute and overstepped the rules laid out by the U.S. Congress. Additionally, the court held that the EPA went too far, and the rule "stands on an unsound foundation" by requiring steep pollution cuts from states beyond what they actually contribute to other states' air quality problems. The court today determined that the EPA must go back to the drawing board to reformulate its CSAPR rule.
The CSAPR rule, as it was written, would drastically hike energy costs for multiple states including Kansas.
Congressman Mike Pompeo (KS-04), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and a sponsor of a House bill to halt the rule, issued the following statement:
"Today's DC Circuit Court ruling is a huge victory for Kansas, as well as other states, which were being unfairly forced into complying with this rule. The CSAPR rule would have dramatically increased electricity prices and could have led to blackouts. This would have been devastating to every Kansas consumer and business. I am pleased the Court identified the EPA for exactly what it is--an overreaching and out-of-control bureaucracy, intent on forcing President Obama's green agenda upon Americans. Kansas was unfairly impacted by this rule without any recourse and EPA was rightfully reprimanded by the court today, as a result.
"Today's court ruling against the EPA's CSAPR rule represents a victory, however we need to continue to be vigilant and protect access to affordable domestic energy." stated Pompeo.