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States reliant on fossil fuels sue over new clean air rules

James Bennett holds a sign at a rally for coal industry jobs on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, next to the Coal Miner's Statue at the state Capitol complex in Charleston, W.V. The rally coincided with a day trip to Charleston from President Barack Obama to talk about drug abuse. Speakers at the rally criticized Obama's proposed environmental rules that would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/John Raby)

James Bennett holds a sign at a rally for coal industry jobs on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, next to the Coal Miner’s Statue at the state Capitol complex in Charleston, W.V. The rally coincided with a day trip to Charleston from President Barack Obama to talk about drug abuse. Speakers at the rally criticized Obama’s proposed environmental rules that would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/John Raby)

WASHINGTON (AP) — States and industry groups dependent on fossil fuels are lining up to file court challenges to President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A flurry of lawsuits was expected Friday at U.S. Court of Appeals as the Environmental Protection Agency published the final version of the new regulations. All but two of the 24 states filing challenges are led by Republicans. They deride the plan as an illegal overreach that will kill coal mining jobs and drive up electricity costs.

The Obama administration and environmental groups counter that the rules are needed to cut carbon emissions while curbing the worst impacts of climate change and sea-level rise. They also say the plan will spur new clean-energy jobs.

 

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