DOJ Doesn’t Know Tips on how to Declare Victory

Based on Inside EPA (subscription required), the Division of Justice (and the Sierra Membership) have opposed Ameren’s Missouri’s movement to permit it to shut its Rush Island producing facility early, quite than set up in any other case required air pollution management tools.  It’s possible you’ll ask why DOJ is opposing the shutdown of a coal-fired energy plant.  Like Tevye in A Fiddler on the Roof, I’ll inform you. 

I don’t know.

What actually blows my thoughts is that the federal government has apparently acknowledged the environmental advantages of an earlier shutdown:

The submitting provides that whereas america agrees that the plant’s retirement can have environmental advantages in comparison with its continued operation, the movement “must be denied as a result of it usurps the Court docket’s authority to set the compliance date in favor of a drawn-out course of engineered by Ameren.”

The Inside EPA story didn’t connect or hyperlink to the DOJ transient and I’ve not learn it.  It’s definitely potential that that is merely a negotiating gambit by DOJ, hoping to pressure Ameren Missouri to comply with an earlier shut-down.  Nevertheless, I concern that additionally it is all too potential that DOJ is solely on its ethical excessive horse and desires Ameren Missouri to pay penance for conduct that DOJ sees as not merely violating the CAA, however as immoral.

DOJ must discover ways to graciously settle for victory.

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