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18 attorneys general slam EPA in letter calling for end to Clean Power Plan


After U.S. EPA missed a deadline for adopting regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell ® called for the EPA regulations to be scrapped.

“Considering all of the grounds upon which this rule is likely to be overturned, and because the rule making threatens the citizens of the states, we as the chief legal officers of the states are notifying your agency that this proposed rule has expired,” he wrote in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, signed by 18 other state attorneys general. “It therefore must be withdrawn.”

Caldwell argued that the agency did not produce a final version of the rule within one year after it was proposed, and thus did not comply with the Clean Air Act.

EPA officials responded that the agency was not required to withdraw the regulations on account of a missed deadline. The regulations, developed as part of President Obama’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have been opposed by Louisiana on the grounds they will raise costs for state industries and residents.

Attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming signed Caldwell’s letter (Mark Schleifstein, New Orleans Times-Picayune, March 30). – MV

Posted on: February 23, 2015, by : FAS SWFL