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Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity lauded the first legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s overzealous regulation that if implemented will jeopardize America’s access to affordable, reliable electricity. Today’s court proceedings will demonstrate the flawed legal reasoning behind EPA’s assertion that an obscure section of the Clean Air Act can be used to fundamentally alter how electric power is created and consumed in the U.S.

 

The U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments today in two separate lawsuits challenging the legality of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. The suits were brought by Murray Energy Corporation and a bipartisan coalition of Attorneys General from 15 states, led by West Virginia.

 

“The mere fact that the court has agreed to hear arguments challenging a regulation before it is finalized is monumental. We are seeing history in the making today as industry and Attorneys General come together to protect consumers and businesses from regulations that threaten the future of America’s economy,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE. “The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan will wreak havoc on American consumers and businesses through skyrocketing electricity costs, job losses and a weakened grid. This administration is usurping the traditional lawmaking authority of the states and gambling with our nation’s economic future, all in an attempt to piece together a highly politicized presidential climate legacy.”

 

To date, officials from 29 states have said that EPA does not have the legal authority to regulate CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants under Section 111(d) of the...

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