TOPEKA -- Kansas is one of 17 states suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its rules restricting carbon dioxide emissions.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday that Kansas would join a lawsuit against a rule the EPA released in June requiring states to revise their State Implementation Plans as they relate to emissions during power plant start-ups and shut-downs, and periods when the plants are malfunctioning.
The issue is related to the EPA’s overall push to cut carbon dioxide emissions, which scientists have linked to climate change, but not part of the new emissions targets announced earlier this month. Schmidt’s office asked for a delay in implementing those targets and indicates it is reviewing legal questions surrounding them.
Schmidt argued the Clean Air Act gave the states the authority to develop plans for meeting federal emissions standards.
“Now, after 40 years of successful state enforcement of emissions limits, the EPA arbitrarily ignores the federal-state partnership Congress wrote into the law and, instead, demands that states not only meet EPA’s new requirements but do so EPA’s way,” he said in a news release.
The other states participating in the lawsuit are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia.