Stay allows litigation to move forward without forcing states to comply
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on implementation of the federal EPA’s Clean Power Plan while litigation against the plan moves forward. The Supreme Court’s action protects Wisconsin from being forced to comply with the Clean Power Plan while the litigation proceeds. This litigation, which is being supported by a majority of states, seeks to block the Clean Power Plan as an illegal overreach by the EPA. Last December, a bipartisan majority in Congress approved measures to stop the Clean Power Plan, which were subsequently vetoed by President Obama. In reaction to yesterday’s stay by the Supreme Court, WMC’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Scott Manley, issued the following statement:
“The Clean Power Plan would significantly harm Wisconsin’s economy, increasing electricity rates by more than 20% and eliminating tens of thousands of jobs. We are grateful that the Supreme Court has stepped in to take this extraordinary action and bring some common sense to this issue. The stay will allow the litigation against the Clean Power Plan to move forward without simultaneously forcing states to comply.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and the Wisconsin Department of Justice have been at the forefront of this litigation and deserve our thanks. A.G. Schimel and his team have been working tirelessly to defend Wisconsin employers and families from the devastating impacts of this massive federal power grab. Stopping this misguided plan has been a top priority of WMC and we will continue to do everything we can to support this litigation.”
For more information contact:
Scott Manley, (608) 258-3400