22 States Sue Trump Administration Over New Coal Rules

August 14, 2019 AT 11:44 AM

By Associated Press

A coalition of 22 Democratic-led states has sued the Trump administration over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency eliminated the agency's Clean Power Plan and replaced it with a new rule that gives states more leeway in deciding upgrades for coal-fired power plants.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, says the new rule violates the federal Clean Air Act because it does not meaningfully replace power plants' greenhouse gas emissions.

"We know what our energy future must look like, and we won't get there by following President Trump's misguided proposal," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. "Because we're prepared to confront the climate crisis head-on, we're prepared to confront President Trump head on in court."