Polluters Wage Legal Attack on Life-Saving Carbon Pollution Standards

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Polluters Wage Legal Attack on Life-Saving Carbon Pollution Standards

Sierra Club and Allies File Motion to Intervene

WASHINGTON - Late Wednesday, the Sierra Club, together with allied environmental groups, filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit brought by polluters against life-saving carbon pollution protections for new power plants.  Recent draft protections proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would establish the first-ever protections against dangerous carbon pollution standards for new power plants. 

“Industry attacks on the proposed standards are no surprise, but what is puzzling is the industry’s itchy trigger finger,” said Sierra Club attorney Joanne Spalding.  “The carbon pollution standards for new power plants have yet to be finalized, and these premature polluter attacks are bound to be thrown out.”

“The Sierra Club is committed to joining with EPA and our allies to defeat these attacks on public health now and after the protections are finalized,” said Spalding.

Carbon pollution is the main contributor to climate disruption and is linked to life-threatening air pollution like smog – which triggers asthma attacks – making it a serious hazard to Americans’ health and future. Once finalized, these protections will ensure that new power plants will meet strong public health standards and protect Americans from dangerous pollution.


The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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