Rutledge Statement on Court’s Suspension of Clean Power Plan Lawsuit
April 28, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today following the decision from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to pause the lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan.
“Today’s decision to pause the lawsuit is another important step as the Trump administration works through the process of rolling back the unlawful Clean Power Plan. As Attorney General, I have been fighting this plan since I took office because it will dramatically increase energy costs on Arkansans, hurt job growth across our State and most importantly violates the rule of law. I continue to call on the EPA to work with the states and craft a plan that actually protects the environment and helps grow jobs.”
Rutledge is part of a bi-partisan coalition of 29 states and State agencies that have been involved in litigation against the EPA over this federal plan and requested the stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, which halted any State compliance until the full legality could be determined.
Rutledge, along with a bi-partisan group of attorneys general and state agencies from across the country, sent a letter to then President-elect Trump urging him to withdraw the plan. And earlier this year, Rutledge joined with other Republican attorneys general to send a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt calling for an end to the EPA’s era of federal overreach.