- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental and Natural Resources is cancelling public meetings on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan in light of the U.S. Supreme Court issuing a stay this week.

The meetings had been scheduled to fulfil EPA’s public participation requirements on its plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel power plants. The first South Dakota meeting was to be held at the Milbank Visitor Center in Milbank on Feb. 23.

A coalition of 29 states including South Dakota challenged the plan in October. The states argue that the EPA exceeded its authority by double-regulating coal-fired power plants and forcing states to shift their energy portfolios away from coal-fired generation.

The D.C. Circuit Court will hear oral arguments on the merits of the states’ case on June 2.

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