U.S. Rep. McSally Responds to Scaled-Back EPA Rule


Date: Aug. 4, 2015
Location: Tucson, AZ

U.S. Representative Martha McSally today commented on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) scaled-back emissions reduction goal and compliance timeline for the state of Arizona in its new energy rules.

The EPA originally sought to mandate a 52% reduction in emissions by 2030, which was the second most stringent requirement for any state in the county. That goal was reduced to 34% in the final rule. In addition, after Rep. McSally consistently advocated for increased flexibility to meet these mandates, the EPA also announced it was extending its interim compliance goal by two years.

"EPA's proposed mandate on Arizona, which was the second most extreme in the country, would have devastated our rural communities and many low-income families who can least afford it," said Rep. McSally. "Since that proposal was made, I've met with our local energy providers, community stakeholders, and rural families to get their input and have persistently advocated for a better solution from the EPA. I'm glad to see that they have listened and taken into account our requests in the final rule, but we still have work to do. As this rule is implemented, we need to make sure that the needs of rural Arizonans are met, and I will continue to work to make sure that they have access to the affordable, reliable energy they need."

In May, Rep. McSally called on the EPA to modify its proposed rule to give Arizona needed flexibility in meeting the new mandates. In June, she voted in support of House passed legislation that she also cosponsored to protect Arizona residents from electricity shortages and rate spikes as a result of the new mandates. She also toured and met with officials at the Apache Generating Station near Willcox during her first months in office.