11 states sue Trump's DOE over stalled energy-use limits

11 states sue Trump's DOE over stalled energy-use limits

Washington, along with Oregon, California and several other states, are suing the Trump administration over delays to implementing new energy efficiency standards for several appliances.

"These standards will save consumers money on their energy bills, significantly reduce air pollution, and promote a clean energy economy", Healey said.

Ferguson said the delay in implementing these standards is illegal and is preventing huge financial and environmental benefits. It has also stopped tracking the federal government's carbon emissions.

Under the new administration, the U.S. Department of Energy has delayed publishing these new efficiency standards that have been in the works for years.

The coalition said the Department of Energy is violating federal laws by stalling in releasing standards for air conditioners, boilers and power supplies.

The lawsuit comes as the Trump administration has moved to weaken or dismantle federal efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

At issue are conservation standards for floor-standing portable air conditioners, commercial boilers that heat office and apartment buildings, walk-in coolers and freezers used by markets and restaurants, air compressors that power various tools, and battery chargers that provide backup power supplies for electronic products.

The other suit, challenging the same delays, was filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Consumer Federation of America.

According to the complaints, federal law requires that the new standards be published in the federal register after a mandatory 45-day review period meant to give the agency time to correct any typos, miscalculations or numerical errors.

Federal regulations do allow for a 45-day "Error Correction" window, but such corrections are limited to typographical, calculation, or numbering mistakes; it is not intended as an opportunity for a new administration to revise the underlying rule. The states ask the court to force the Department of Energy to publish the new standards. If the new standards are not published, they can not go into effect.

The new standards would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save businesses and consumers billions of dollars, and conserve enough energy to power more than 19 million households for a year, but the U.S. Department of Energy has not met a requirement to publish them by now, according to attorneys general who filed the lawsuit against the DOE in federal court in San Francisco.

In addition to Washington, the coalition of states, led by NY and California, also includes Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. The City of NY has also joined the suit.

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