Utah among 2 dozen states challenging Clean Power Plan

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Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is among two dozen states across the country mounting a legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan regulation, asserting the rule is illegal because it goes beyond the government’s authority.

The suit was filed in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, the same day the rule was formally published.

Other challengers to the rule — which targets greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants — include Murray Energy and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

The Clean Power Plan seeks to cut emissions across the country by 30 percent by pushing electricity generation from renewables and natural gas.

Under the plan, which is up for a 60-day comment period, every state has an emissions target it is required to meet to be in compliance with the EPA. If states don’t come up with their own emissions reduction plan, the EPA will craft one.

“I think that the bottom line is that we do have serious legal questions about the plan,” said Laura Nelson, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development. (…)

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