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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Vermont Defends The Federal Clean Power Plan

November 4, 2015

CONTACT: Thea Schwartz, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3186

Attorney General William H. Sorrell joined a coalition of 25 states and various cities and counties in filing a motion to intervene in legal challenges by several states and industry groups to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan requires mandatory cuts under the Clean Air Act in emissions of climate change pollution from fossil fuel burning power plants – the single largest source of these emissions in the nation.

“The Clean Power Plan protects Vermonters and all Americans from emissions of climate change pollution,” Attorney General Sorrell said. “These emissions must be reduced to protect our economy and the environment.”

The Clean Power Plan, along with the companion rule on new, modified, and reconstructed power plants, will control emissions by setting limits on the amount of climate change pollution that power plants can emit. The rule for existing plants is expected to eliminate as much climate change pollution as is emitted by more than 160 million cars a year – or 70% of the nation’s passenger cars. Vermont will help defend EPA’s rules which have been challenged in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, the District of Columbia, the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boulder, South Miami, and Florida’s Broward County have joined the coalition.

Last modified: January 11, 2018