Rutledge Statement on EPA’s Decision to Begin Rollback of So-Called Clean Power Plan
October 9, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement following the announcement from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt that he would sign a new rule on Tuesday to begin the roll back of the Obama-era so-called Clean Power Plan.
“The EPA, under new leadership, is putting common-sense, the environment and the American family ahead of a political agenda with the announced rollback of the so-called Clean Power Plan,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This plan was nothing short of illegal and would have led to significant energy rate hikes, hitting Arkansans directly in their pocketbooks – something no family or business owner can afford. By ending this plan, the EPA will hopefully return to the drawing board, seeking input from the states in order to craft a common sense, lawful rule that protects the environment and the American people.”
Rutledge is part of a bi-partisan coalition of 29 states and agencies that have been involved in litigation against the EPA over this federal plan. The coalition requested, and was granted an unprecedented, stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, halting any compliance until the full legality could be determined.
Rutledge also sent a letter to then President-elect Trump urging him to withdraw the plan. And earlier this year, the Arkansas Attorney General joined with other colleagues to send a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt calling for an end to the EPA’s era of federal overreach.