Governor Signs White Bill to Post State Implementation Plans
Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Mary Jo White (R-21) requiring
that the state post its air quality plans online was signed into law today by
Gov. Tom Corbett.
Senate Bill 304 requires the state Department of Environmental Protection to
post and maintain all clean air State Implementation Plans on its website, and
to provide the same information to the Senate and House oversight committees.
A State Implementation Plan is the state's official outline of how it will
meet air quality standards mandated by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for
"While the EPA sets clean air standards, each state is able to craft a plan
to meet them through their State Implementation Plans," said White. "The plan
affects everything from industry to power plants to the gasoline you put in your
car. Any document that has such a broad impact on the public should be made
readily available to citizens and lawmakers. Today's action by Governor Corbett
will help shed a little more light on the myriad of environmental and regulatory
decisions that government makes every year."
The measure covers any proposed State Implementation Plan made by DEP or any
other state or local agency, as well all revisions to it. The law will take
effect in 60 days.