AG Brnovich Statement: U. S. Supreme Court Grants Stay Blocking EPA Clean Power Plan

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court granted an application for a stay blocking the EPA Clean Power Plan from going into effect. Arizona is part of a 26-state coalition led by West Virginia and Texas fighting against federal overreach.

“This is a huge victory for Arizona,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “The Clean Power Plan is an abuse of power, it’s regulation without representation. This is a tremendous step in stopping the Obama administration's unconstitutional mandates and protecting Arizona jobs and ratepayers.”

The Attorney General’s Office Federalism Unit partnered with the Arizona Corporation Commission to file the multi-state lawsuit against the EPA. The Stay will remain in effect until a federal appeals court in Washington rules on the plan, which could be later this year. Under the stay, the EPA won’t be able to enforce a September 6, 2016 deadline for Arizona and other states to either submit their emission reduction plans or request a two year extension.

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Full copy of the U.S. Supreme Court's Order.