MO to Join Lawsuit Against EPA Clean Power Plan

The AG says Missouri will join lawsuit challenging the EPA’s new carbon-emission regulations…

Chris Koster says Missouri will join more than 20 other states in suing the EPA for exceeding its authority in issuing new regulations, collectively known as the “Clean Power Plan,” that set strict limits on carbon emissions for each state. In a speech at the Missouri Electric Coop’s annual meeting, Koster explained that he supports Missouri’s ongoing efforts to produce energy more cleanly and efficiently, but that EPA’s plan sets a compliance schedule that is economically risky and robs Missouri of its competitive advantage in low consumer and industrial electrical rates. Koster observed that over the past decade Missouri utilities have added more than 2,200 megawatts of generating capacity from wind power and other renewable resources. Despite this progress, Koster noted that Missouri’s energy producers estimate that complying with EPA’s deadlines would cost the state more than $ 6 billion. Koster argues that the EPA has exceeded its authority in setting new standards and that the cost of compliance puts Missouri’s economic strength at risk.