Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Representing the 2nd District of Indiana
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WALORSKI, LAWMAKERS CALL ON EPA TO EXTEND COMMENT PERIOD FOR CONTROVERSIAL GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION STANDARDS

Jan 15, 2014
Press Release
House lawmakers request 60-day extension to allow stakeholders to weigh in

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and seventy bipartisan House lawmakers today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting a sixty-day comment period extension for a controversial rule proposing new greenhouse gas emission standards for new power plants.

“As you know, the EPA’s actions have far-reaching implications, and this proposed rule affects not only coal and natural gas companies but also energy-intensive industries like manufacturing and construction as well as average American families trying to pay their electric bills,” wrote lawmakers.

This extension would allow stakeholders more time to examine the proposed rule and communicate future economic impacts that may negatively impact consumers.  In some states, coal provides nearly 90 percent of electricity for utilities, businesses, and manufacturing.  The proposed rule would contribute to future increases in electricity costs, stifling job creation and hindering economic growth.

House lawmakers have also introduced legislation to reign in overreaching EPA regulations and promote affordable energy production.  On Wednesday, the Energy and Power Subcommittee passed the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, a bill co-sponsored by Walorski, with bipartisan support.  This bill seeks to set achievable standards for coal-fired power plants and support energy independence.

Walorski Letter to EPA.pdf
 

Full Text of Letter:

January 15, 2014

 

The Honorable Gina McCarthy

Administrator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ariel Rios Building

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest

Washington, D.C. 20460

 

Dear Administrator McCarthy,

 

We are writing to request a sixty day extension of the comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule titled Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (RIN 2060-AQ91).

Given the 2.5 million comments EPA received for the previous version of this rule and the many stakeholders who could be affected, we believe a comment period extension is appropriate.

As you know, the EPA’s actions have far-reaching implications, and this proposed rule affects not only coal and natural gas companies but also energy-intensive industries like manufacturing and construction as well as average American families trying to pay their electric bills.

Given that nearly forty percent of electricity in the United States is generated by coal, it is especially important to carefully consider both the short- and long-term ramifications of this proposal.  In some states nearly ninety percent of electricity is coal-powered, so consumers could be especially hard-hit.  We have already heard an outpouring of concern from constituents alarmed about this proposal’s impact on energy affordability, job creation, and long-term economic growth.  Allowing stakeholders additional time to comment will ensure those wishing to share their views are able to do so and will enable the EPA to more fully consider public opinion.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  We look forward to working with you to develop commonsense policies that protect our precious natural resources while creating jobs, lowering costs, and boosting our economy.

Sincerely,

 

 

Jackie Walorski

Member of Congress


 

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Mike Conaway                                                                              Sam Graves

Chairman, Committee on Ethics                                                   Chairman, Committee on Small Business

 

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Michael McCaul                                                                            Hal Rogers

Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security                              Chairman, Committee on Appropriations

 

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Bill Shuster                                                                               Lamar Smith

Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure   Chairman, Committee on Space, Science, 

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Nick Rahall

Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

 

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Robert Aderholt                                                                         Andy Barr

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Joe Barton                                                                                     Marsha Blackburn

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Susan Brooks                                                                              Paul Broun, M.D.

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Larry Bucshon, M.D.                                                                  Shelley Moore Capito

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Chris Collins                                                                             Doug Collins

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Kevin Cramer                                                                            Steve Daines

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Rodney Davis                                                                           Charles Dent

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Sean Duffy                                                                                William Enyart

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John C. Fleming, M.D.                                                               Bill Flores

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Paul Gosar, D.D.S.                                                                    Tim Griffin

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H. Morgan Griffith                                                                      Brett Guthrie

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Andy Harris                                                                               Vicky Hartzler

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Tim Huelskamp                                                                         Bill Johnson

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Mike Kelly                                                                                 Steve King

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Jack Kingston                                                                             Adam Kinzinger

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Doug Lamborn                                                                           Robert Latta

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Billy Long                                                                                  Cynthia Lummis

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Thomas Massie                                                                         Jim Matheson

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David McKinley                                                                         Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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Luke Messer                                                                             Mick Mulvaney

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Tim Murphy                                                                               Randy Neugebauer

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Rich Nugent                                                                              Pete Olson

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Stevan Pearce                                                                           Trey Radel

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Jim Renacci                                                                              Phil Roe, M.D.

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Dana Rohrabacher                                                                     Todd Rokita     

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Keith Rothfus                                                                            David Schweikert         

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Adrian Smith                                                                             Jason Smith                                         

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Chris Stewart                                                                            Steve Stivers                                       

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Marlin Stutzman                                                                        Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson

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Ann Wagner                                                                              Lynn Westmoreland      

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Don Young                                                                                Todd Young

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