The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has seen its fair share of criticism after announcing its Clean Power Plan earlier this year. However, fifteen states have filed the first official opposition to the ruling, an emergency petition that cites conflict with the agency's regulatory power.
Opponents challenged the EPA's ability to regulate a source of emissions, supposedly supported by sections of the Clean Air Act of 1990. As such, the petition argued the EPA is overreaching and unjustly targeting coal-powered generators.
However, the EPA has already fired back. The agency contends those portions of the Clean Air Act were put in place to prevent pollutants released by generators from being regulated more than once, but does not actually regulate the generators themselves.
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