AG asks court to block EPA plant regulations
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Attorney General "Buddy" Caldwell said he filed suit against the EPA to block new federal regulations for power plant emissions.
Caldwell and 14 other state attorneys general filed a petition asking a U.S. Cout of Appeals to postpone deadlines associated with the EPA's plan until the courts can determine if the new rules are legal.
"The Obama Administration wants to require our states to begin spending time and taxpayer dollars to comply with an unconstitutional rule that we believe will be struck down by the courts," Caldwell said in a press release Friday.
Caldwell said that typically state obligations only go into effect once the new rules are published in the Federal Register. According to the attorney general, an emergency stay would not normally be sought until the rule has been formally published.
Caldwell argues that the EPA has made the state obligations effective immediately. Caldwell said that because it could be months before the 1,560-page rule is published, he and the other attorneys general are asking the state from having to spend "significant taxpayer resources."