Indiana Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

Aug 1, 2014

Indiana and 11 other states are taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court over proposed  regulations limiting carbon emissions from coal plants.

The EPA’s proposed regulations, announced in June, seek to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the  year 2030. Proponents hail it as a measure that would stimulate enormous investment and job growth.  

But Governor Mike Pence says 80 percent of Indiana’s energy comes from coal power plants, meaning the federal agency’s proposal would be devastating for the Hoosier economy. Pence says the state is  determined to use every option to prevent the EPA from what he calls a proposal that disregards the  rule of law by bypassing Congress.

The state joins West Virginia, Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,  Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming in asking a federal court to stop  the agency from finalizing its proposed rule.