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Court Halts Decision on Clean Power Plan Lawsuits

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Court Halts Decision on Clean Power Plan Lawsuits

A federal appeals court announced Friday it will delay a decision on lawsuits against the Clean Power Plan, handing a victory to the Trump administration.


The Trump U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had requested that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit put a stay on the lawsuits following the president's executive order calling for a review of the Clean Power Plan last month.

The 60-day stay avoids a possible ruling upholding the Clean Power Plan, which would have made it more complicated for the current administration to revoke or revise the rule.

"The fact is that the Clean Power Plan remains on strong legal footing, with readily achievable emissions reduction targets toward which our nation is already making major strides to save lives and protect the health of the public," said Joanne Spalding, chief climate counsel for the Sierra Club.

"This progress can't be turned around as clean energy is growing cheaper and more accessible."

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