States opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's sweeping carbon-emissions rules for power plants say the ink is dry enough on the regulations to begin fighting in court. Fifteen state attorneys general asked a federal court to put the rules on hold because the clock has begun ticking on their compliance, even though the regulation unveiled in early August has not been formally published in the Federal Register.
A petition filed Thursday led by West Virginia notes that preliminary state deadlines to submit compliance plans loom in September 2016. The lawsuit argues that absent a stay, states will be "irreparably harmed" because they must spend resources and begin reordering their energy sector.(Read Full Article Here)