Attorney General Cuomo Leads 13-state Coalition To Defend The First-ever Limits On Global Warming Pollution From Facilities Like Power Plants And Oil Refineries

NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 22, 2010) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a 13-state coalition has filed a motion in Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals defending a new environmental regulation limiting greenhouse gases.

Starting in January 2011, pollution control requirements under the federal Clean Air Act will apply for the first time to new or modified facilities that emit global warming pollution. A new rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) focuses these requirements on the largest facilities, such as power plants, cement kilns, and oil refineries. These large facilities account for 70 percent of the greenhouse gases from stationary sources.

In response, interest groups representing some of these large polluters have sued the EPA to overturn the rule. The 13-state coalition has filed a motion to intervene to defend the EPA and oppose the lawsuits brought by the industry groups.

“New York is leading a coalition of states from around the country to defend common-sense regulations that will protect our country’s health and well-being from global warming pollution,” said Attorney General Cuomo.

The states joining New York in the motion are: California, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Attorney General Cuomo has been a leader in the fight against global warming on a number of fronts. His office has fought to defend New York’s right to reduce emissions of global warming pollution from cars, to require major energy companies to fully disclose the risks that climate change poses to their investors, and to oppose coal-fired power plants that rely on outdated pollution control technologies. Most recently, the Attorney General joined 13 other states and the City of New York to defend an industry challenge to new federal regulations that set national controls on global warming pollution from cars.

This case is being handled by Assistant Attorneys General Isaac Cheng and Morgan Costello of the Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau under the supervision of Affirmative Litigation Section Chief Michael Myers.