For Immediate Release
April 16, 2019
Following the Environmental Quality Board’s vote today to accept for further study a rulemaking petition that seeks to establish an economy-wide cap and trade program, the PA Chamber urged the Department of Environmental Protection to carefully evaluate the far-ranging impacts of such a program. In early April, the PA Chamber joined more than a dozen business and industry groups in sending a letter to the board raising a number of policy and regulatory concerns with the petition – including its constitutionality and the impact that such a program would have on the state’s economy.
“This regulation, if enacted, would be among the most costly and sweeping regulatory programs ever implemented by state government,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr. “As evidenced by the deliberations of the Environmental Quality Board today, many questions remain unanswered – including the underlying constitutionality of the Department of Environmental Protection's authority to implement such a measure. It is imperative the department proceed deliberatively and carefully weigh the costs, legality and effectiveness of this proposal.”
Following the affirmative vote by the EQB, the department will next conduct a legal, economic and technical analysis of the petition. While the department has 60 days to conduct the analysis, it can be extended to allow for further review.
“As the petition moves further along the review process, we trust that DEP will address the various economic concerns and regulatory and policy issues we raised in our joint letter to the members of the board,” Barr added.
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