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21:15  13 august  2019
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Lawsuits Pile Up Over Trump’s Coal Power Plant Emissions Rule

Lawsuits Pile Up Over Trump’s Coal Power Plant Emissions Rule Ten environmental and health groups are the latest to sue over the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Affordable Clean Energy Rule, which replaced the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. © The Associated Press The Associated Press The groups argue that the new rule, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, violates the Clean Air Act because it does not set legal standards for carbon pollution reduction, among other things. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Twenty-two states, including New York and California, and seven cities on Tuesday sued to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's replacement of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, arguing it prolongs U.S. reliance on coal power and obstructs states that pursue cleaner electricity generation.

The lawsuit filed in a federal appellate court in Washington charges that the EPA's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which it finalized in June, will not curb rising carbon emissions from power plants and will prolong the operation of dirtier coal plants.

13 states file lawsuit over Trump 'public charge' rule

13 states file lawsuit over Trump 'public charge' rule Thirteen states led by Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson (D) filed a lawsuit Wednesday over the Trump administration's new "public charge" rule.The states are suing the Department of Homeland Security over the new rule that expands the government's ability to deny entry or green cards for legal immigrants based on their use of public services like food stamps and Medicaid. The rule, announced Monday, is set to go into effect on Oct. 15. Wednesday's lawsuit, co-led by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, is the first to be filed by states against the rule and the second overall challenge since the government rolled out the rule.

"Without significant course correction, we are careening towards a climate disaster," New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement announcing the lawsuit, adding that the coalition of states and cities "will fight back against this unlawful, do-nothing rule."

The lawsuit is one of dozens undertaken by Democratic-led states to challenge the Trump administration's series of rollbacks of major rules in the energy sector aimed at easing regulatory burdens for industry.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in June unveiled the ACE, which set guidelines for states to develop performance standards for power plants to boost the amount of power produced relative to the amount of coal burned.

Obama’s Clean Power Plan, by contrast, had aimed to slash power plant carbon emissions by more than a third from 2005 levels by 2030. It aimed to do this by pushing utilities to drop coal in favor of cleaner fuels like natural gas, as well as solar and wind power, and allowing states to decrease their emissions through a variety of options.

The states and cities that sued on Tuesday said the EPA ACE rule only requires utilities to undertake modest equipment upgrades at power plants that would not result in significant emissions reductions.

They argue that ACE does not recognize efforts by states that have implemented emissions trading programs to slash greenhouse gas emissions, such as California and New York. (Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

New York AG sues to block Trump rule aiming to deny green cards to poor immigrants: ’We will not let that happen’.
New York Attorney General Tish James filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from making it nearly impossible for immigrants to obtain green cards if they’ve ever relied on welfare, blasting the proposed policy as “a clear violation of our laws and our values.” The suit — which was filed jointly in Manhattan federal court with the city’s law department and the attorneys general for Connecticut and Vermont — asks a judge to block the administration’s proposed expansion of the so-called “public charge” rule, claiming it’s rooted in racial animus and flies in the face of long-held immigration laws.

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