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    Rutledge: EPA Emissions Rule is Still Wrong for Arkansas


    June 9, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling regarding the States’ challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft rule concerning coal-fired power plants.

    “While I am disappointed with the court’s ruling today, it does not change that the rule is an egregious overstep that will cost Arkansas jobs and the potential for economic growth,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “As Attorney General, I am committed to taking all available action to stop an overreaching EPA. Procedural hurdles like this instance will occur, but it should be noted that today’s ruling from the court says nothing about the legality of the EPA’s rule. The court indicates that the final rule is now imminent, and I stand ready to join attorneys general from across the country to protect our States.”

    The three-judge panel ruled in a split decision that the States could not yet challenge the rule because the EPA has not yet officially finalized it.

    Rutledge sought the motion to intervene in this case on Feb. 13, and the motion was granted on March 9. Rutledge was joined in the lawsuit by attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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