Should organizations that are required to reduce their carbon pollution under the Clean Air Rule be able to count their reductions toward multiple programs or rules that require carbon pollution reductions?
Ecology’s clean air rule proposes that some organizations in Washington would be required to reduce their carbon pollution over time. Other existing or proposed rules might also require carbon pollution reductions. Many people have asked if organizations will be able to count carbon pollution reductions for multiple rules.
For example: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently set carbon pollution limits for the nation’s existing power plants through a rule called the Clean Power Plan. The EPA’s rule establishes state-specific goals to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Many power plants in Washington would be covered by the Clean Air Rule in addition to the Clean Power Plan.
We appreciate your comments and questions. These communications are part of the public record but are not considered formal comments. The formal comment period will begin after we file the CR-102 form. We expect this to happen in December 2015.