SACRAMENTO, California – A coalition of 22 democratically-led states has sued the Trump administration for its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants.
In June, the US Environmental Protection Agency eliminated the sheer power of the Plan and replaced it with a new rule that gives states more leeway in deciding on upgrades for coal-fired power plants.
The lawsuit, filed in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, states that the new rule violates the federal Clean Air Act because it does not meaningfully replace greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
"We know what our energy future must look like and we will not get there by following President Trump's erroneous proposal," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. "As we are prepared to confront the climate crisis in the forefront, we are prepared to confront President Trump on his way to court."
The lawsuit was filed by Attorneys General of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia. , Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
They were joined by six local governments: Boulder, Colorado; Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and South Miami, Florida.
EPA's analysis of the new rules predicts that 300 to 1,500 people will die each year by 2030 due to additional air pollution from the electricity grid. But EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in June said Americans want "reliable energy they can afford," adding that he expected more coal plans to open as a result.