Fifteen states seek to block EPA carbon rule

State attorneys general argue the EPA has overstepped its regulatory authority

Al Jazeera, August 13

Fifteen state attorneys general filed a court petition in Washington on Thursday to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules to curb carbon emissions from power plants, in the first of several expected legal challenges to the Obama administration measure.

States from Alabama to West Virginia that oppose the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan filed for the stay in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and asked for a ruling by Sept. 8, one year before states need to submit compliance plans to the EPA.

“This rule is the most far-reaching energy regulation in the nation’s history, and the EPA simply does not have the legal authority to carry it out,” said West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

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