AUSTIN –The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Douglas Domenech, Director of TPPF’s Fueling Freedom Project, today testified before the Missouri House of Representatives Energy and the Environment Committee in support of HB1470, which would create an "Interstate Power Compact" and specifies that no agency, political subdivision, or official of any Member State will submit any filing in partial or complete fulfillment of the state plan requirements under section 111(d) of the EPA’s Clean Air Act, also known as the Clean Power Plan unless: (1) the filing involves emission limits of what is technically achievable inside the physical boundaries of the electrical generating units, and (2) until such time as the U.S. Supreme Court has rendered an opinion that the Clean Power Plan is legally valid.

“There are significant legal, technical, and policy deficiencies to the so-called Clean Power Plan and this legislation provides important safeguards for Missouri,” said Domenech. “Missouri will be significantly impacted by the CPP’s carbon emission rule since 83 percent of Missouri’s electricity is produced by low cost coal and the EPA is demanding the state reduce emissions by 37 percent. It is high time for states to coordinate a response to this EPA overreach and this is exactly what the Interstate Power Compact does.”

The Honorable Doug Domenech is Director of the Fueling Freedom Project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Domenech most recently served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and served as White House Liaison and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit free-market research institute based in Austin.

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