Republican lawmakers have proposed a plan that would repeal the state’s climate protection law, while giving states the option to pursue their own carbon pollution regulations.
The plan would also eliminate the state government’s environmental review process for greenhouse gas pollution and the Georgia Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA), the state agency tasked with overseeing environmental compliance.
The House Environment and Public Works Committee on Monday released the draft legislation, which is being circulated among the House Republican caucus and other members of the state Senate.
The committee is expected to take up the bill Wednesday.
The bill would also repeal the Georgia Public Service Commission’s emissions cap on electricity, which was set at 80 percent of annual power consumption.
The state has not passed a climate law since 2007.
The Georgia legislature passed its own climate protection act in 2005, but the state legislature failed to act on the legislation because it was tied up in an impasse over a state budget.