Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

Posted:

WASHINGTON (AP) - The cornerstone of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change is still months away from being finished, but it's already facing a high-stakes legal challenge from critics who want to halt the process in its tracks.

A federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's far-reaching proposal to cut Earth-warming pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants.

The lawsuits - one from a coalition of 15 states and another brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal mining company - are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the move is illegal and will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.

At issue is whether the EPA has legal authority for its plan under the Clean Air Act. But the agency and environmental advocacy groups have urged the court to throw the cases out as premature, saying legal challenges must wait until the EPA issues a final rule until this summer.

Opponents concede it's not typical for a court to provide relief before a rule is final, but argue that states and the coal industry already face the prospect of shutting down coal plants and spending other resources in anticipation of the rule.

All three judges on the panel hearing the case were appointed by Republican presidents.

The EPA rule proposed last year requires states to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, giving customized targets to each state and leaving it up to them to draw up plans to meet the targets.

But a backlash has been building. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, sent a letter urging the governors of all 50 states to defy the EPA by refusing to submit the compliance plans.

West Virginia and other states argue that the plan is illegal because coal-fired power plants already are regulated under a separate section of the Clean Air Act. They say the law prohibits "double regulation."

The legal debate focuses on dueling provisions added by the House and Senate to the Clean Air Act in 1990. The EPA says it wins under the Senate language, but opponents argue the House version should prevail.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Special Needs Student Reportedly Hit By Teacher on SU Field Trip

    Special Needs Student Reportedly Hit By Teacher on SU Field Trip

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:31:43 GMT
    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:51:36 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)

    The Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center is investigating the reported assault of a child on the campus of Salisbury University.

    More

    The Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center is investigating the reported assault of a child on the campus of Salisbury University.

    More
  • Arrests Made in Salisbury Vehicle Break-ins

    Arrests Made in Salisbury Vehicle Break-ins

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-05-23 19:43:08 GMT
    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:51:16 GMT

    Police have made several arrests in close to two dozen thefts from unlocked cars in two Salisbury neighborhoods.

    More

    Police have made several arrests in close to two dozen thefts from unlocked cars in two Salisbury neighborhoods.

    More
  • Seniors, Nonprofits Worried About Delaware Budget Cuts

    Seniors, Nonprofits Worried About Delaware Budget Cuts

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 7:21 PM EDT2017-05-23 23:21:44 GMT
    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:51:00 GMT

    DOVER, Del. -- Delaware lawmakers on Monday approved reducing a tax break for seniors on school taxes, irking some seniors and worrying some nonprofits about the future of funding for their organizations. The General Assembly's powerful Joint Finance Committee voted to cut the senior tax break on property taxes for schools by 20 percent or as much as $100. Currently, seniors can receive up to $500 off their annual school tax bill. Marvin Garnet of Smyrna said he'll be able to a...

    More

    DOVER, Del. -- Delaware lawmakers on Monday approved reducing a tax break for seniors on school taxes, irking some seniors and worrying some nonprofits about the future of funding for their organizations. The General Assembly's powerful Joint Finance Committee voted to cut the senior tax break on property taxes for schools by 20 percent or as much as $100. Currently, seniors can receive up to $500 off their annual school tax bill. Marvin Garnet of Smyrna said he'll be able to a...

    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 5 Arrested in Kent County Human Trafficking Case

    5 Arrested in Kent County Human Trafficking Case

    Monday, May 22 2017 4:59 PM EDT2017-05-22 20:59:41 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:08:51 GMT

    The Delaware State Police, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Delaware Department of Justice, arrested five people in connection with a human trafficking case. 

    More

    The Delaware State Police, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Delaware Department of Justice, arrested five people in connection with a human trafficking case. 

    More
  • Arrests Made in Salisbury Vehicle Break-ins

    Arrests Made in Salisbury Vehicle Break-ins

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-05-23 19:43:08 GMT
    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:51:16 GMT

    Police have made several arrests in close to two dozen thefts from unlocked cars in two Salisbury neighborhoods.

    More

    Police have made several arrests in close to two dozen thefts from unlocked cars in two Salisbury neighborhoods.

    More
  • Price Comparison: Where to Buy Crabs Over Memorial Day Weekend

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:30 AM EDT2017-05-23 14:30:07 GMT
    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:50 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:50:47 GMT

    For many people on Delmarva, a favorite way to spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend is by enjoying blue crabs. If you're planning on buying crabs, either live or steamed, prices vary widely depending on location.  

    More

    For many people on Delmarva, a favorite way to spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend is by enjoying blue crabs. If you're planning on buying crabs - either live or steamed - prices vary widely depending on location.  

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Historic Seaford Diner Torn Down

    Historic Seaford Diner Torn Down

    One of the last remaining 1950's diner cars on Delmarva is now nothing but rubble.

    The Seaford Eagle Diner was ripped down Tuesday morning so the owners can re-build a new restaurant on site. Owner Serkan Darilmaz says the diner was in such bad shape that renovating it would've come at an astronomical cost.

    More

    One of the last remaining 1950's diner cars on Delmarva is now nothing but rubble.

    The Seaford Eagle Diner was ripped down Tuesday morning so the owners can re-build a new restaurant on site. Owner Serkan Darilmaz says the diner was in such bad shape that renovating it would've come at an astronomical cost.

    More
  • Price Comparison: Where to Buy Crabs Over Memorial Day Weekend

    Price Comparison: Where to Buy Crabs Over Memorial Day Weekend

    For many people on Delmarva, a favorite way to spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend is by enjoying blue crabs. If you're planning on buying crabs for carryout - either live or steamed - prices vary widely depending on location. Check out the price list for an idea about how much it will cost you to buy crabs from some local places in the area. Unless otherwise noted, prices listed are for #1 (large) males.

    More

    For many people on Delmarva, a favorite way to spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend is by enjoying blue crabs. If you're planning on buying crabs for carryout - either live or steamed - prices vary widely depending on location. Check out the price list for an idea about how much it will cost you to buy crabs from some local places in the area. Unless otherwise noted, prices listed are for #1 (large) males.

    More
  • Body Found in Wicomico River in Salisbury

    Body Found in Wicomico River in Salisbury

    Salisbury police say detectives are investigating after a body was found in the Wicomico River on Monday morning.

    More

    Salisbury police say detectives are investigating after a body was found in the Wicomico River on Monday morning.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices