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For Immediate Release
Contact: Aimee Edwards
Utah Attorney General’s Office
Contact: Daniel Burton
U.S. Supreme Court Halts EPA’s Unlawful Power Plan
State of Utah Statement on SCOTUS Stay of CPP
SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 10, 2016) – The state of Utah is pleased that the
United States Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of the Environmental
Protection Agency’s “111(d)” regulation, a landmark carbon rule for power
plants. The Supreme Court’s order prohibits the EPA from implementing the
rule until the states’ legal challenge is resolved by the courts.
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes welcomed
the Supreme Court’s action.
“Such a dramatic expansion of the EPA’s authority to regulate our economy
warrants direction and clear legal authorization from Congress, which has
not yet been granted,” said Gov. Herbert.
“While the stay is no guarantee that the Supreme Court will eventually rule
against the EPA, we feel that the decision recognizes the dramatic impact
the rule would have on our state,” said Reyes. “We all want better air
quality and a healthy environment for our families and future generations,
but not by bypassing Congress, violating the Clean Air Act, and ignoring
meaningful input by the States.”
Led by the Attorney General’s Office, Utah joined the challenge of the
EPA’s rule, also known as the Clean Power Plan, and requested that courts
overturn this unprecedented federal regulatory expansion. Utah joined West
Virginia and twenty-two other states in challenging the EPA’s approach to
regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants that would unlawfully
hinder Utah’s ability to make fundamental decisions central to the state’s
quality of life and economy growth.