Today, the AIA released a statement voicing the Institute’s “strong opposition” to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE Rule). Announced on Aug. 21, this rule would set new guidelines for states developing standards for greenhouse gas emissions related to their remaining coal-fired power plants. If enacted, the ACE Rule would empower states to relax pollution standards, according to a Washington Post article.

The EPA will take comments up to 60 days after the initial rule announcement and will hold a public hearing on Oct. 1 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago.

AIA 2018 president Carl Elefante, FAIA, filed the following statement to EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler on Sept. 6:

The AIA is firmly and unequivocally opposed to the EPA proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule. We believe that, if enacted, the proposed, Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Electric Utility Generating Units, will be detrimental to the health of all Americans and will greatly undermine the fight against global warming.

For 160 years, the AIA has worked to advance the quality of life of all Americans and protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. The AIA’s 90,000 members work every day to advance our nation’s built environment through design. From designing the next generation of energy-saving buildings to promoting equitable and livable neighborhoods and making our communities healthier and safer, architects play a central role in influencing and improving public health through their work.