Governor Mike Pence continues to say Indiana will not comply with President Obama's Clean Power Plan unless it is "demonstrably and significantly improved" from previous Environmental Protection Agency proposals. Pence says his administration will review the president's proposal in the coming days.
The Clean Power Plan involves setting standards to curb carbon emissions from power plants. It calls on states to create their own guidelines to meet the stricter standards.
Earlier this week, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy Vince Griffin said companies throughout the state are "holding their collective breath" and bracing for the potential impact.
Governor Pence issued the following statement about the Clean Power Plan:
"When it comes to energy policy, this Administration continues to place its environmental agenda ahead of the interests of Hoosier ratepayers, jobs and the economy. Here in Indiana, homeowners and businesses rely on coal-burning power plants for low-cost, reliable energy. Yet little to no consideration was given to states like ours throughout the development of the EPA’s final rule and that is simply not acceptable.
Throughout this process, Indiana has called time and again for these ill-conceived rules to be withdrawn, and I informed the Administration that unless the final rule was demonstrably and significantly improved, Indiana would not comply. In the days ahead, my Administration will carefully review the final rule to determine if the Obama Administration was listening.
If the final rule is not significantly improved, then Hoosiers can be assured that on behalf of families, businesses and other ratepayers, Indiana will not comply.
Indiana will also continue to vigorously challenge the legality of this rule in the federal courts. Far too much is at stake for jobs and the economy in Indiana for us to do anything less."