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"The EPA isn't harmed by these suits," explains Jeffrey Holmstead, who headed the EPA's air-pollution office in the George W. Bush administration and is under consideration now for the No. 2 post at the agency. "Often, the law suits [demand] things the EPA wants to do anyway. By inviting a lawsuit and then signing a consent degree, the agency gets legal cover from the political heat."
Because of the Supreme Court stay and the impending doom of the Clean Power Plan, Mr. Holmstead said, states can continue to ignore the emissions thresholds without penalty or threat of enforcement from Washington.