October 22, 2012
For Immediate Release
Governor Walker Statement on Kewaunee Power Station
Madison—Today Governor Walker released the following statement regarding the Kewaunee Power Station:
The proposed closing at the Kewaunee Power Station highlights the need to decrease unnecessary federal regulations slowing the process for companies, like Dominion, to take advantage of economies of scale and keep their businesses profitable and open.
Twice last year, we reached out to the federal government to encourage them to get cumbersome EPA regulations out of the way of job creators. I will continue to push for changes that can protect jobs.
In March 2011, Governor Walker joined 16 other governors to send a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget about the proposed rule of section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act on cooling water intake structures. The governors expressed concern about the potential unnecessary cost imposed on facilities resulting from this rule, as well as the potential impact of these costs on consumers.
In July 2011, Governor Walker followed up with a letter directly to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking them to again review section 316(b), in order to find a better balance between implementation costs and environmental benefits that would best serve Wisconsin.