Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Friday that his office has joined 19 U.S. states and seven cities in filing comments in opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to repeal carbon pollution guidelines for existing power plants under the Clean Power Plan of 2015.
The coalition is led by the state of New York and includes the cities of Chicago, New York and the District of Columbia.
“Our kids are counting on us to protect our environment,” Feuer said. “Friday cities and states across our nation stand united in the fight to reduce pollution and protect Americans’ health and safety. It’s grimly ironic that our opponent in this fight is the EPA — a fact that makes the roles of cities and states all the more important.”
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt signed a formal proposal in 2017 to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and argued that it was unnecessary regulation that slowed domestic energy development. The plan set limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants with a goal of cutting emissions by 32 percent relative to 2005 levels by 2030.
The comments submitted to the EPA by the coalition argue that repealing that plan without replacing it with any alternative rules would be a violation of the EPA’s obligations under the Clean Air Act, Feuer’s office said. The coalition also argues that the EPA’s proposal underestimates the regulations’ environmental health and safety benefits while exaggerating its costs.