Press Release

Victory: Challenge to Clean Power Plan Fails

Jake Thompson, 202-289-2387, jthompson@nrdc.org, or Elizabeth Heyd, 202-289-2424, eheyd@nrdc.org

WASHINGTON (June 9, 2015) – The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan passed its first court test today when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a legal challenge was premature and must wait for the plan’s final standards expected this summer.

David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate and Clean Air Program, made this statement:

"The first legal challenge to the Clean Power Plan failed today, and others the polluters will trot out should fail as well. Climate change is a clear and present danger that we must tackle now with the Clean Power Plan, which puts the first limits ever on the dangerous carbon pollution from our largest source—our power plants. The Supreme Court has three times already upheld EPA’s duty to tackle carbon pollution and climate change. We'll continue pressing for the strongest carbon pollution standards to combat the threats posed by climate change.”

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