Olson Rebukes Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Air Pollution Rule


Date: April 29, 2014

Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement admonishing the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Cross State Air Pollution Rule:

"I'm extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling, which upheld the EPA's flawed and unfair Cross State Air Pollution rule. The lower courts appropriately determined this to be a fundamentally broken regulation. I agreed wholeheartedly with the lower court that EPA's rule, by design, forced costly, deeper-than-needed cuts in some states to the benefit of others. Moreover, Texas was wrongfully included in the CSAPR rule at the last minute with no opportunity to comment. While the Supreme Court is the final arbiter, this rule is at the core of EPA's attack on reliable power in the United States.

"Upholding this rule will place a great deal of stress on Texas' electricity grid. When EPA issued the original rule, at least two Texas plants were scheduled for closure, now that the final rule has been upheld, we must prepare for plant closures and further strains on reliability. I will be looking at legislative options to minimize the impacts on Texans and all Americans forced to comply with this flawed rule."