The ongoing efforts of the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) to harass the EPA were set back on Monday, when a federal appeals court denied EELI's request to file an argument that the EPA illegally colluded with groups.
EELI is claiming that the Clean Power Plan is “invalid” because the EPA communicated with green groups like the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council during its creation. The court rejected the filing without explanation, though its decision may be because regulatory agencies frequently talk with stakeholders. Where EELI sees collusion, pretty much everyone else sees standard operating procedures.
Adding insult to injury is a recent revelation that EELI’s Chris Horner has been paid as a “Regulatory Counsel” for the now-bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources, according to Alpha’s bankruptcy documents. Horner received at least $30,600 from Alpha between May 2015 and January 2016. In February, another bankrupt coal company, Arch Coal, was shown to have funded EELI as well with undisclosed sums of money.
Next in line for bankruptcy looks to be Peabody coal, which has warned that it is close to having to file for bankruptcy protection.
We can’t wait to see how much money they’ve wasted on EELI or other fruitless denial efforts.
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