WASHINGTON, D.C. — David J. Hayes, executive director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law (State Impact Center), released the following statement after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would sign a proposed rule to repeal the Clean Power Plan:
“EPA’s forthcoming announcement is a cynical attempt to indefinitely delay any action to control carbon pollution for U.S. coal plants. Further, the Clean Power Plan cannot be legally nullified now, on the promise that someday, just maybe, EPA will come up with its replacement.
“Fortunately, state attorneys general have vowed to fight efforts to kill the Clean Power Plan. They have already made clear to Administrator Pruitt that the Clean Power Plan's compliance obligations cannot be swept aside by the Administrator's pen, particularly by this Administrator, who had promised to recuse himself from Clean Power Plan litigation. State attorneys general understand that protecting the safety of our water and air is more important than doing the bidding of the oil and gas industry.”
ABOUT THE STATE IMPACT CENTER: The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center is a non-partisan Center at the NYU School of Law that is dedicated to helping state attorneys general fight against regulatory rollbacks and advocate for clean energy, climate change and environmental values and protections. It was launched in August 2017 with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. For more information, visit http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/state-impact.