UPDATE 1-U.S. EPA may not replace Obama-era climate regulation after repeal -draft

(Adds policy details, EPA comment)

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not decided whether it will replace the Clean Power Plan - the centerpiece Obama-era climate change regulation - after it moves to repeal it, according to a draft of the proposal seen by Reuters on Friday.

In the 43-page document, the EPA said the rule, introduced by former President Barack Obama in 2015 to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, was illegal. It aimed to cut emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

"Under the interpretation proposed in this notice, the CPP exceeds the EPA’s statutory authority and would be repealed," the proposal says.

The EPA said it has not determined whether or when it will propose a new rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants using the same section of the Clean Air Act used by the Obama administration.

But the agency said it soon intends to release what it calls an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit information on "systems of emission reduction that are in accord with the legal interpretation proposed in this notice."

"We can’t comment on the authenticity of the document, but what we can say is that the Obama Administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far that the Supreme Court issued a stay – the first in history – to prevent the so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ from taking effect," said EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman. (Reporting By Valerie Volcovici; editing by Grant McCool)

10/06/2017 12:43

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