FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 03, 2015
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215
South Dakota Attorney General’s Office to Challenge EPA’s Clean Power Plan
PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the rule establishing performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing fossil fuel fired power plants.
"We all recognize the importance of protecting our environment and developing energy efficiency, but I am concerned the EPA has exceeded its authority granted by Congress and reduced the decision-making authority of our State. The EPA’s actions will directly affect energy costs and potential energy availability to South Dakota consumers. I intend to work with other State Attorneys General to protect our State decision-making authority and our consumers who heavily depend on energy in their everyday lives,” said Jackley.
In 2014, several states submitted extensive comments on the Proposed Rule, explaining the Proposed Rule was unlawful. In addition, they also noted the EPA’s failure to comply with notice and comment requirements. Now over a year later, these comments and related concerns have not been addressed as the EPA moves forward with the implementation of the rule.