The US Supreme Court has recently granted the applications of National Mining Association (NMA), Murray Energy, states and other parties to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan pending judicial review of the rule by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
NMA President and CEO, Hal Quinn, has released a statement on the decision.
Quinn is pleased with the decision and indicated that it is “a powerful assertion of judicial restraint on this administration’s unbridled use of executive authority to regulate an industry out of existence.”
“The decision adds to the growing recognition – by Congress and by more than half the states that are challenging EPA in court – that the Clean Power Plan is already creating economic havoc in the nation’s power grid. The costs it imposes will ultimately be paid by households, businesses and industries across the country,” continued Quinn.
He concluded: “The high court’s decision should give confidence to the nation’s governors that they needn’t bow to EPA’s determination to impose these costs on their states. And it gives our industry further confidence that a final ruling on the merits of this regulation will vindicate our belief that EPA has acted unlawfully.”
The stay will remain in effect until the case reaches the Supreme Court.
Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs