NYT – States Take Sides in Greenhouse Gas ‘Endangerment’ Brawl

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the state of Minnesota are seeking to intervene on behalf of the agency. In a motion filed Wednesday, the states said that they each have a substantial interest in the outcome of the court’s action. The states argued that “a negative outcome here in terms of the validity of the final rule will delay or prevent EPA from taking steps to reduce the direct risk to Pennsylvania and Minnesota, thereby directly harming the public interests of both states.”

Fourteen other states asked the court this week to intervene in opposition to EPA. Alaska and Michigan filed separate motions to intervene, and a third was filed by Nebraska, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Gov. Haley Barbour (R) for the state of Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.

Alaska Attorney General Daniel Sullivan (R) argued that his state has “important interests that will be impaired by the endangerment finding,” including burdensome permitting requirements that would result from forthcoming stationary source regulations.

New York Times