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For Immediate Release

Andrea McGimsey, Senior Director, Global Warming Solutions, Environment America, (703) 477-4722,
Josh Chetwynd, Communications Manager, (303) 573-5558,

U.S. Court of Appeals Provides Big Win for Every American by Vacating Dirty Power Plan

Trump administration regulation deemed erroneous and misconceived.


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy Rule on Tuesday. Dubbed the Dirty Power Plan, the regulation, which was finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2019, aimed to repeal and replace the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

In its conclusion, the court found that the rule was based on a "mistaken reading of the Clean Air Act" and that the "the EPA fundamentally 'has misconceived the law.'" The rule will now be sent back to the agency for reconsideration.

In April, Environment America filed an amicus brief in this case with the National Trust for Historic Preservation highlighting the potential impact of the Dirty Power Plan on America's historic landmarks.

Andrea McGimsey, senior director for Environment America's Global Warming Solutions campaign, issued the following statement:

"The Dirty Power Plan was clearly a disastrous and misconceived regulation from the start, and the court's decision confirms that assessment. As the Trump administration leaves office, we hope this ruling will be reflective of a much brighter future.

"It's time for America's environment and health to once again take center stage. Power plants are super polluters, and now the EPA can no longer give them a free pass. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we've got to transition to clean energy as quickly as possible. This ruling is a major step in the right direction.

"We also appreciated the opportunity to make the court aware of the specific climate impacts global warming is having on historic coastal communities through our amicus brief with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We cannot afford to lose such national treasures as Ellis Island and St. Augustine, Fla., and this decision will help in that effort. That said, we fully intend to keep working to protect communities and our country's heritage across the country from the existential threat of climate change."

With Environment America, you protect the places that all of us love and promote core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives. We're a national network of 29 state environmental groups with members and supporters in every state. Together, we focus on timely, targeted action that wins tangible improvements in the quality of our environment and our lives.

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