Supreme Court Stays EPA’s Costly Regulation
February 10, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a stay in the implementation of EPA’s Power Plan. The Court order temporarily halts the implementation of the rule while the legal cases challenging the Power Plan move forward.
Twenty-nine states and state agencies had petitioned the Supreme Court to prevent the regulations from being implemented until legal challenges are settled. Without the stay, states would have been forced to spend even more resources to implement a rule that is likely to be rejected by the courts.
“We are pleased the Supreme Court took this unprecedented step to protect the states from further economic harm while the courts are deciding whether the administration’s Power Plan is unlawful and unconstitutional,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE. “The stay is a signal the Supreme Court has serious concerns with the Power Plan. We’re optimistic the Power Plan will ultimately be rejected.”
Twenty-seven of the 47 states subject to the Power Plan believe it is unlawful under the Clean Air Act, as well as a violation of the Constitution. In addition, the Power Plan is projected to increase electricity prices for consumers and force more power plants to close.