No longer neutral, Nevada sides with states opposing the Clean Power Plan

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive.

While still not formally joining the lawsuits seeking to overturn the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, the formerly neutral state of Nevada has filed an amicus brief in a federal appeals court challenging the law, saying it will hurt the state's economy, the Hill reports. 

  • In the brief, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt (R) argues individual states have primary decision-making authority to establish emission standards for their power plants. Though his state kind likely meet the carbon cuts set forth by the plan, he predicted there would be financial harm done.
  • And more than 200 lawmakers, led by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have filed an amicus brief of their own, opposing the plan and supporting states in pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.