Missouri Attorney General "Putting Pollution Before People" By Joining Anti-Clean Power Plan Lawsuit
CHICAGO (October 9, 2015) — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced he will oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan today by joining a lawsuit challenging it in federal court. The historic carbon pollution protections, ordered by a conservative Supreme Court, have already beaten six legal challenges.
Following is a statement from Ashok Gupta, Senior Energy Economist at the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“Filing a lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan is going to be an expensive waste of resources and time, especially given the fact that all the lawsuits against it are currently batting 0 for 6."
“The new rule to reduce dangerous carbon pollution from power plants will have tremendous health and economic benefits for Missourians and by actively working to take them away, the Attorney General is putting pollution before the people he serves.”
An issue brief explaining the high bar that legal challengers have to clear to get a stay of the carbon pollution standards called, “What to Expect in Clean Power Plan Litigation,” is here: http://www.nrdc.org/air/clean-power-plan/litigation.asphttp://www.nrdc.org/air/clean-power-plan/litigation.asp
NRDC’s analysis of litigation challenges to EPA Clean Air Act initiatives under the Obama Administration is here: http://www.nrdc.org/air/clean-power-plan/files/CAA-rules-and-litigation-table.pdf