WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2016 - EPA’s agenda for 2016 is shaped heavily by the Paris Agreement on climate change, Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a Jan. 4 blog post, as she promised to “hit the ground running.”

The agency will work to implement its Clean Power Plan, under attack in the courts by more than two dozen states and a bevy of companies and trade associations. On the agency’s side are 18 states (including New York and California), environmental groups and a handful of cities.

The CPP rule is “ambitious but achievable, and falls squarely within the four corners of the Clean Air Act, a statute we have been successfully implementing for 45 years,” McCarthy said.

Here’s more from McCarthy on EPA’s New Year’s Resolutions:

  • EPA staff will provide technical assistance “to ensure consistent, transparent greenhouse gas reporting and inventory requirements under the Paris Agreement,” not just domestically, but internationally.
  • “We will finalize a proposal to improve fuel economy and cut carbon pollution from heavy-duty vehicles, which could avoid a billion metric tons of carbon pollution and save 75 billion gallons of fuel by 2027.”
  • EPA will finalize rules “to limit methane leaks from oil and gas operations — which could avoid up to 400,000 metric tons of a climate pollutant 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide by 2025.” 


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