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Will Pennsylvania Join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative? Now It’s Up to the Courts to Decide

As we predicted, Pennsylvania’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has become the subject of litigation.  

According to reports from the Associated Press, Pennsylvania’s Legislative Reference Bureau has failed to publish the regulations that would implement RGGI in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which would have been the final step to put the regulations into effect.  

“It is not at all clear how the Legislative Reference Bureau could claim to have the authority to refuse to publish approved regulations,” GASP senior attorney John Baillie said.   

Consequently, the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell filed an action last week in the Commonwealth Court on behalf of the Wolf Administration to compel the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish the regulations.

We will continue to provide updates as this litigation progresses. Until then, you can get caught up on the RGGI saga on our blog.

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