WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator and Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee member Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced at an EPW Committee hearing today he will cosponsor S.2662, the Growing American Innovation Now (GAIN) Act, a bill to reform the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) burdensome New Source Review (NSR) program.
“One of my frustrations with NSR has always been what seems to be a perverse incentive away from innovation, especially to existing facilities,” said Senator Cramer, a former state utilities regulator, during the hearing. “The fixes in this legislation are common sense, which is why I cosponsored this bipartisan House provision last Congress and why I will now be cosponsoring the GAIN Act in the Senate.”
As he questioned the witnesses, Senator Cramer referenced an incident with carbon capture and sequestration power plant Petra Nova, a prime example of NSR impeding carbon capture. The GAIN Act was originally introduced by EPW Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Rand Paul (R-KY). For more information from the EPW Committee, click here.