2019 Arkansas Code
Title 8 - Environmental Law
Chapter 3 - Water and Air Pollution Generally
Subchapter 2 - State Emission Plans - Procedures - Approval
§ 8-3-201. Findings - Purpose
(a) The General Assembly finds that:
(1) The United States Environmental Protection Agency has proposed emission guidelines for the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fuel-fired electric generating units under § 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. § 7411(d);
(2) The proposed guidelines will have a major impact on the economy of Arkansas by regulating how electricity is produced, transmitted, distributed, and consumed within the state;
(3) The United States Environmental Protection Agency requires states to take the lead role in the regulation of existing fossil-fuel-fired electric generating units under § 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. § 7411(d), by developing state plans for the establishment and implementation of performance standards for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel-fired electric generating units;
(4) The role of the United States Environmental Protection Agency is limited to establishing federal emission guidelines that assist the states in the development of their state plans to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fuel-fired electric generating units and, in establishing federal emission guidelines, the United States Environmental Protection Agency must defer to the states regarding methods for regulating fossil-fuel-fired electric generating units within their jurisdictions; and
(5) This subchapter expresses the intent of the General Assembly to exercise the powers of the General Assembly under Arkansas Constitution, Article 5, § 42, to:
(A) Review and approve state agency rules;
(B) Ensure that rules become effective only after review and approval by the legislative committee charged with review of the rules; and
(C) Review rules during the interim or a regular, special, or fiscal session of the General Assembly.
(b) The purpose of this subchapter is to ensure that:
(1) Before the submission of a state plan to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the rules of the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission that implement the state plan are reviewed and approved by the General Assembly through the Legislative Council consistent with Arkansas Constitution, Article 5, § 42, and any laws promulgated pursuant to Arkansas Constitution, Article 5, § 42; and
(2) The state plan is reviewed through a transparent public process that assesses the full impact of the state plan on rates, reliability, employment, and manufacturing greenhouse gas leakage.
(c) This subchapter does not create a private right of action for enforcement purposes.