|Come to the Capitol to express your opposition to HB 2004, a bill designed to prevent West Virginia from complying with the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule.This bill, and its Senate companion SB4, would ensure “legislative control over any state compliance plan” the DEP develops once the rule is final. It limits the agency’s flexibility in creating a workable compliance plan. While the House Judiciary committee did revise the bill, it still requires DEP to get legislative approval before submitting a plan to EPA. The legislation requires DEP to prepare a feasibility report that would include the effects of the rule on the state. This report would impose costs on an agency that would be better used to create the complliance plan. And the state only has one year to comply with the rule. The result could be an EPA imposed plan on West Virginia without considering West Virginia’s ability to comply.The bill also eliminates language on energy efficiency. This would be the easiest and least expensive way to reduce air pollution from power plants. It would also create jobs around the state and benefit consumers.
If you can’t come to the Capitol on Monday, please call or email your Delegate(s) and tell them to vote no on HB2004. Then call your Senators and tell them to vote no on SB4.