A federal appeals court gave the Trump administration a major victory Friday by placing a case on hold regarding former President Barack Obama’s landmark climate change regulation.
The decision means the court will not issue a ruling before the Trump administration has time to propose repealing the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of Obama’s climate agenda.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals had been reviewing the case since the fall. The hold on the case gives the Environmental Protection Agency time to conduct a review that ultimately will lead to the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.
A group of 28 states, and more than 100 industry groups and companies, had sued the EPA over the Clean Power Plan.
Friday’s decision halts the case for 60 days, with the EPA required to provide status updates on its review every 30 days.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who led the states’ opposition to the Clean Power Plan, said the decision “is a positive step toward protecting West Virginia coal miners and those who depend upon their success.”