Trump administration sued over its decision to delay implementation of energy efficiency rules for appliances

Leading a coalition of 10 states and municipalities, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman petitioned the Second Circuit to review Trump’s order. The petitioners claim the Trump administration violated the federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act’s “anti-backsliding” provisions and the Administrative Procedures Act. The petition asks the appeals court to require the standards to take effect immediately.

Joining in the petition are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state – along with Pennsylvania’s Department of Environment Protection and New York City. In a letter yesterday, the coalition warned the Department of Energy to publish the new standards within 60 days or face a federal lawsuit. — Joe

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