Appeals court tosses suits challenging climate change plan
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has thrown out a pair of lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's plan to address climate change.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the lawsuits are premature because the proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency is not yet final.
The lawsuits from a coalition of 15 states and the nation's largest privately held coal mining company claim the EPA exceeded its authority last year when it proposed new curbs on pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants.
But the appeals court said opponents of the plan must wait until the EPA approves a final rule, expected later this year.
The EPA says it has authority for the plan under the Clean Air Act.