States, green groups urge DC Circuit to continue review of Clean Power Plan

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive.

Dive Brief:

  • In separate filings, two dozen states, cities and environmental groups have urged the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to continue with its review of the Clean Power Plan, despite a request from the White House to hold the proceeding in abeyance.
  • New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the coalition of 24 states and cities; Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups filed their own motion to continue the case.
  • President Trump last week signed an executive order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the Clean Power Plan and other power sector regulations. The agency then asked the D.C. Circuit to put the case on hold, but supporters of the emissions rule say that could delay the litigation indefinitely.