The states as asking the court to overturn the rule and immediately block it from taking effect as the lawsuits move through the courts.
West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey, a Republican, who is leading the legal challenge, told reporters that the rule will hurt his state’s coal mining industry, raise power rates for consumers and risk electricity reliability, the Hill reports.
“EPA’s rule is flatly illegal and one of the most aggressive executive branch power grabs we’ve seen in a long time,” he said. “The EPA cannot do what it intends to do legally.”
The states involved in the lawsuit are West Virginia, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Arizona and North Carolina.
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