Court slaps down EPA on coal plant rule

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“New Jersey has spent billions of dollars to make its power sector among the cleanest in the country, while some upwind states have allowed old, dirty coal plants to foul New Jersey’s air for decades,” he said in a joint statement with fellow Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, a fellow New Jersey Democrat.

Republicans in Congress and in affected states, along with many in the energy sector, applauded the ruling and its economic impact while bashing the EPA for leading the charge in what some Obama critics have dubbed “the war on fossil fuels.”

“This fits in with the larger pattern of EPA pushing the law to the outer limits, breaking the law and crushing our economy,” said Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. “We are pleased and gratified to see another example of EPA’s egregious regulatory overreach has been stopped before it could do more harm.”

Mr. Cuccinelli echoed the thoughts of many other Republicans and energy industry analysts, who say EPA actions, such as the Cross State rule, could force coal plants to close rather than pay the millions of dollars necessary to comply with Obama administration guidelines.

“When the EPA takes liberties with its legal authority, the result is higher prices for consumers, businesses, schools and hospitals,” the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, which represents utilities and energy companies, said in a statement. “At a time of economic recession, the country cannot afford sloppy rule making of this sort.”

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