On August 5, Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee chairman, and Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee sent a letter to Lisa Jackson of EPA expressing concerned and over the affect on jobs, electricity rates, and reliability of a recent consent decree agreed to by EPA and the TVA, and asked for details on the actual terms of the deal. Proposed in April and approved in June and filed in the Eastern District of Tennessee, the decree will require TVA to spend $3 billion to $5 billion on air pollution controls and retire eleven of its coal-fired generating units, and will resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at one-third of its coal-fired power plants in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Furthermore, clean energy projects in Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee will receive $350 million in funding.