Kansas will suspend all work on implementing the Clean Power Plan.
Gov. Sam Brownback signed SB 318 Friday. The bill suspends “all state agency activities, studies, and investigations that are in furtherance of the preparation” of the plans that states are supposed to submit to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency as part of the Clean Power Plan.
The Clean Power Plan is an Obama administration initiative that sets a national goal of reducing carbon emissions by 32 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. Each state is required to submit a plan to the federal government on how to enact this under the policy.
Kansas was one of 24 states to file a lawsuit to block the Clean Power Plan’s implementation in October. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay in February, and the law, which passed the Legislature with wide majorities in both the House and the Senate, will suspend all activities in support of the Clean Power Plan until that stay is lifted.