Attorney General Morrisey to EPA: Halt Federal Spending on Clean Power Plan

Updated 6 years ago by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey  announced he and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently sent a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop spending federal tax dollars to comply with the halted Power Plan.

“The entire point of the Supreme Court’s extraordinary action in putting a stop to the Power Plan was to preserve the status quo pending the outcome of the litigation,” Attorney General Morrisey wrote. “EPA should respect that action by leaving things the way they are until the courts have had their say.”
The letter responds to a request by 14 state environmental agency officials seeking additional information and technical assistance from the EPA related to the Power Plan.
Attorneys General Morrisey and Paxton ask that EPA decline the invitation to spend federal taxpayer dollars to aid compliance, specifically by discontinuing work on the “Clean Energy Incentive Program” (“CEIP”) and the non-final carbon trading rules.
In February, Attorneys General Morrisey and Paxton led 29 states and state agencies in winning an unprecedented stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, a decision that denies the EPA authority to enforce the rule and calls into serious question the rule’s legality. All compliance deadlines associated with the Power Plan were also frozen.
The letter asserts that because the CEIP and the carbon trading rules have no legal significance without a legally operative Power Plan, taking action on these issues calls into question the EPA’s commitment to the Supreme Court’s order.
Morrisey said that at minimum the EPA should reconsider spending scarce resources on a rule that the Supreme Court has indicated raises serious legal questions.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently rescheduled oral arguments on the merits of the case until September 27 before the full court as opposed to a three-judge panel.
“We welcome this unusual step by the full court, which confirms our long-held view that the Power Plan is an unprecedented and transformative rule of a kind the states have never seen from EPA,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “We look forward to presenting our arguments in September.”
View a copy of the letter at