- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined 15 other state attorneys general in asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in the D.C. Circuit to issue an emergency stay on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

The attorneys general say the EPA made the rules and deadlines in the plan effective immediately.

But Rutledge said in a news release Friday that she and the other attorneys can’t file a court appeal of the plan’s legality until it is published, which could take months.

Rutledge says the request for a stay isn’t typically filed until a court challenge is filed, but the attorneys general didn’t want states to spend money to comply with the plan until a court ruled on its legality.

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