Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Hails SCOTUS Decision to Halt EPA Clean Power Plan

February 10, 2016

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SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan while litigation continues in the D.C. circuit court, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes today lauded the decision as a major victory for the bipartisan coalition of 29 states and state agencies:

“While the stay is no guarantee that the Supreme Court will eventually rule against the EPA, I believe the decision recognizes the dramatic impact the rule would have on our state,” said Reyes. “We all want better air quality and a healthy environment for our families and future generations, but not by bypassing Congress, violating the Clean Air Act and ignoring meaningful input by the states.”

The coalition challenged the EPA’s power plan on October 23, 2015, the day it was published. The states argue the EPA exceeded its authority by double regulating coal-fired power plants and forcing states to fundamentally shift their energy resources away from coal-fired generation.

Reyes added, “The EPA rule is complex but what it represents is simple; a power grab of epic proportions. This is one of the largest overreaches ever by the agency and, if left in place, would drastically expand its jurisdiction beyond the fence line and outside the scope of the Clean Air Act. It may be touted as cooperative federalism, but there is nothing cooperative about it. It is coercive, offensive to notions of federalism, and will drastically increase energy costs and put thousands of already suffering Americans out of work. We can embrace a future that includes robust alternative clean energy sources without killing the coal industry.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Attorney General Reyes is available for comment. Approximately 80 percent of the electricity generated in Utah comes from coal. In 2014, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue reported that the coal produced on Federal lands totaled over $570.8 million in sales and generated royalty revenues in excess of $41.1 million.


The Honorable Sean D. Reyes is the 21st Attorney General and first ethnic minority elected statewide in Utah. Reyes has received wide praise for regaining public trust and successfully handling many of the most important cases in the state’s history. He has been lauded by legislators from both sides of the aisle for his work ethic and legal acumen, and won praise from the Governor and his Cabinet for increased excellence and transparency in the office. In 2015, Reyes was selected in 2015 by the Republican National Committee as one of its four national rising stars. seanreyes.com

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