Program Description: The Obama administration’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” and the EPA’s proposed regulations under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act are perhaps the most expansive, complex and controversial environmental programs ever devised. Critics argue that the EPA has once again exceeded its authority and expanded its powers far beyond anything Congress intended. Supporters insist that the agency is acting within the boundaries of the Clean Air Act to substantially reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources. Since critical questions of federalism and states’ rights are involved, there seems little doubt that each side is prepared to carry the fight to the United States Supreme Court – in one of the most important cases in modern environmental law.
In this briefing, leading advocates and distinguished environmental law professors described, explained, and debated the issues and discuss how this extremely important controversy might be resolved.
Peter S. Glaser
Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
Robert L. Glicksman
J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, The George Washington University Law School
Jason S. Johnston
Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law
Roger R. Martella, Jr.
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Richard O. Faulk
Senior Director, Energy and the Environment, Law & Economics Center
Partner, Hollingsworth LLP