Wisconsin joined 23 other states Friday in a lawsuit to halt new federal carbon regulations, which some state leaders say will stifle manufacturing jobs in the state.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, said the Environmental Protection Agency is overstepping its authority with its 2013 Clean Power Plan.
The plan requires a 32 percent decrease in power plant emissions by 2030 and would mandate states meet specific emissions standards.
Republican state Attorney General Brad Schimel called the rules “unlawful” and alleged they would negatively affect Wisconsinites.
“As one of the top manufacturing states in the nation, it is imperative that we join this fight against federal overreach into energy regulation in Wisconsin,” Schimel said in a statement.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency is within its rights to implement the measures under the Clean Air Act.
“The Clean Power Plan has strong scientific and legal foundations, provides states with broad flexibilities to design and implement plans, and is clearly within EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act,” McCarthy said in a statement.