Guest post by David Middleton
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must begin evaluating how many power plants and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations, an analysis it hasn’t done in decades, a federal judge in West Virginia on Monday ordered.
- U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey ruled that the EPA is required by law to analyze the economic impact on a continuing basis when enforcing the Clean Air Act.
- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has said no administration has interpreted the law to require job impact analysis for rulemaking since 1977, the order said.
The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires the EPA to analyze the economic impact of all regulations promulgated under the CAA. How in the Hell could the EPA analyze economic impacts without analyzing the impact on jobs? The EPA says that they have not analyzed job impacts since 1977. Assuming this ruling does not get overturned, every regulation promulgated under the CAA since 1977, might be subject to challenge… particularly the Clean Power Plan.