Last January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted a motion sought by Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. and other utilities to delay implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CASPAR), one of the most sweeping U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions in a generation. Today I write to share a bit of good news. Last week the Court struck down the rule saying that the agency had, “transgressed statutory boundaries” in its rule making.
This is good news for Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. members because the proposed rule was expensive, impractical and ignored just how far we’ve come in reducing power plant emissions. In fact, cooperatives across the country have reduced emissions by about two-thirds since the Clean Air Act was amended in 1990 and we are committed to developing the most cost-effective ways to build on that progress while keeping your electric bill as affordable as possible. So, while we support common-sense, balanced environmental policies that protect health and the environment and maintain affordable and reliable electric service; we believe that this specific proposal by the EPA was neither balanced nor equitable.
While I welcome the Court’s ruling, I believe that it only underscores the need for a more coherent federal environmental policy. As this and other regulatory issues continue to play out in the nation’s capital, I’ll keep you informed on their implications for Horry Electric.