On August 3, 2015, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Power Plan to curb carbon dioxide emissions at existing fossil fuel-fired power plants. Under the authority of section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Power Plan consists of emission guidelines that direct states to submit their plans to comply with the established carbon emission reduction targets. The Clean Power Plan applies to affected fossil fuel-fired power plants that began construction on or before January 8, 2014. The EPA also proposed a federal plan to implement the emission guidelines in any state that does not submit an approvable plan. DEQ will be responsible for implementing Montana’s strategy because of delegated authority under the Clean Air Act.
Stakeholder involvement will be central to developing a process that works for Montana. Governor Steve Bullock appointed an interim advisory council which was established on January 5, 2016. DEQ will staff the council and provide technical expertise. This interim advisory council effort will have an end goal of providing recommendations to DEQ in its initial submittal to EPA, which will likely include a basic framework for how Montana will move forward, including a request for a two-year extension. If EPA grants the extension, Montana will have until September 2018 to submit a final state plan to comply with the emission guidelines.
EPA Fact Sheet for Montana
EPA Clean Power Plan: http://www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan
EPA Clean Power Plan Overview Presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRA5I4Nqjqs&feature=youtu.be
Executive Order and Montana Interim Clean Power Plan Advisory Council:
Executive Order No. 18-2015: Establishing an Interim Montana Clean Power Plan Advisory Council
January 5 2016: Governor Steve Bullock Announces Interim Clean Power Plan Advisory Council Members
Clean Power Plan Rule – DEQ Presents to ETIC/EQC YouTube video