States Ready to Sue as Obama Climate Plan Nears Final Stage

President Obama’s centerpiece climate change regulations are expected to be published as soon as this week in the Federal Register, signaling the start of lawsuits and a Republican effort to scuttle the rules.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department told a federal court that the power plant rules, called the Clean Power Plan, would take months to be published in the Federal Register after they were finalized Aug. 3.

Clean Power Plan critics say the Obama administration is purposefully delaying the publication of the rules to slow legal challenges and stall threats from the Republican leadership that plans to initiate a legislative campaign to squash the plan.