Rutledge Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Stay the EPA’s Clean Power Plan
February 9, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan.
“The U.S. Supreme Court has given the people of Arkansas good news tonight,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “By granting a stay of the Clean Power Plan, the Court has prevented an unlawful, out-of-touch plan drafted by bureaucrats in Washington from moving forward until the legal challenges are properly resolved. This helps ensure that Arkansas and other states are not forced to comply with a rule that will likely be found unlawful and will skyrocket energy rates. The law could not be clearer that the EPA does not have the legal authority to implement this regulation, and I am confident that as this case moves forward the Courts will recognize this fact and prevent its full implementation.”
Rutledge was part of a bipartisan coalition of 29 states and state agencies that requested the stay.