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State will continue to clean up power sector without expending unnecessary resources on illegal federal plan

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block the Obama administration’s federal power plan, the state will continue to clean up its power sector without expending resources to comply with a plan that is likely to be thrown out in court.

“North Carolina is a national leader in improving air quality while keeping energy prices low,” said Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart. “North Carolina has achieved a 25% reduction in greenhouse gases since 2005 without federal intrusion and we will continue to improve air quality in the manner that best suits our state’s needs.”
 
The Supreme Court’s decision sends a strong signal that the federal power plan will be overthrown and suspends the federal government’s ability to impose the plan until legal challenges have been resolved. The decision relieves states from unnecessarily spending time and money to create a plan that complies with the rule while the legal case proceeds. North Carolina will not pursue rule development until completion of its legal challenge.
 
DEQ has requested that consideration of the hearing officer’s report be removed from the N.C. Environmental Management Commission’s Feb. 16 special meeting agenda.
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