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ANA v Jackson Amicus Motion and Brief

ANA v Jackson Amicus Motion and Brief

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFORTHEDISTRICTOFCOLUMBIA
AmericanNursesAssociation,
et
al.,
CaseNo.1:08-CV-02198-RMC
Plaintiffs,
v;
LisaP.Jackson,AdministratoroftheUnitedStatesEnvironmentalProtectionAgency,
et
«l.;
Defendants,UtilityAirRegulatoryGroup,Defendant-Intervenor.
MotionForLeaveToFile
AmicusCuriae
BriefInSupportOfDefendant-IntervenorUARG'sMotionToModifyConsentDecree
TheInstituteforLiberty,theCenterforRuleofLaw,andtheFreedomThoughJusticeFoundationherebymoveforleavetoparticipateas
amidcuriae
intheabove-captionedcaseinsupportofDefendant-IntervenorUtility
Air
RegulatoryGroup.'
Memorandum
OfPointsAndAuthorities
AmiciarenonprofitorganizationsthatregularlyparticipateinregulatoryproceedingstopromoteinformedrulemakingpremisedonthebestpossibledataandinformationandtoprotectAmericans'rightsunderthelaw.ThesepurposesledAmicitoparticipateintheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgency's("EPA")"Utilityl'vLACT"rulemakingtobringtotheAgency'sattentionrecentlyreleasedmaterialsthatcastdoubtonitsfundamentalassumptionsconcerningUtilityMACT'simpactonreliableelectricserviceand,thoseassumptionsbeingnolong~rreliable,the
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Defendant-IntervenorUARGdoesnotopposethismotion.Plaintiffsdonotconsentto,andplantooppose,thismotion.Defendantstakenoposition.
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completeabsenceofdataorinformationsupportingtheAgency'sapproachofignoringreliability.Assuch,Amicihaveaspecificinterestintheoutcomeofthisrulemakingand,inparticular,inEPA'sabilitytoassessitsproposedrule'simpactonreliabilityand,asnecessary,toadjustitsapproachinlightofthatinformation,whileaffordinganopportunityforpublicparticipationinthisprocess.TheConsentDecreeenteredbythisCourt,asitcurrentlystands,precludesEPAfromtakingthesesteps.EPAassumedthatitsProposedRulewouldnotimpairreliabilityandendeditsanalysisthere.YetadetailedpreliminaryassessmentundertakenbytheOfficeofElectricReliability("OER")oftheFederalEnergyRegulatoryCommissiondemonstratesthatUtilityMACTis
likely
tocausefargreaterretirementsofgeneratingcapacitythanprojectedbyEPAandpullsthelegsoutfromunderEPA'sassumptionofcontinuedreliability.TheConsentDecreedeadlinedoesnotallowsufficienttimeforEPAoranyotherpartytoundertakeaproperanalysisof,andresponseto,theOERstudy.ItdoesnotallowsufficienttimeforEPAtoconsideraforthcomingassessmentbytheNorthAmericanElectricReliabilityCorporationthat
will
bethefirsttoassessthelocalreliabilityimpactofEPA'sUtilityMACTproposalinlightofEPA'sotherClean
Air
Actrulemakings.ItdoesnotallowsufficienttimeforEPAtomeaningfullyreconsideritsapproachtoreliability.AnditdoesnotallowsufficienttimeforpublicparticipationinanyAgencyactiontoaddressreliabilityissues.ExtendingtheConsentDecreedeadlineisaprerequisitetoEPAgrantingAmici'spetitionandprovidingproperconsiderationtothereliabilityissuesraisedinthisrulemaking.Accordingly,AmicirespectfullyrequestthattheCourtgrantthisMotionandfiletheaccompanyingbrief.
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andtheFreedomThroughJusticeFoundation
Dated:October
10,2011
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CertificateOfService
IherebycertifythatIhaveservedacopyofthisMotionForLeaveToFileAmicusCuriaeBriefInSupportOfDefendant-IntervenorUARG'sMotionToModifyConsentDecree,andacopyofeachattachmentsandexhibit,byovernightmail,postageprepaid,onthefollowingcounsel:EileenT.McDonough.EnvironmentalDefenseSectionEnvironmentandNaturalResourcesDivisionUnitedStatesDepartmentofJusticeP.O.Box23896Washington,DC20026JohnT.Suttles,Jr.SouthernEnvironmentalLawCenter601WestRosemaryStreetSuite220ChapelHill,NC27516JohnA.MuellerChesapeakeBayFoundation,Inc.6HerndonAvenueAnnapolis,
:MD
21403Dated:October10,2011AnnB.WeeksCleanAirTaskForce18TremontStreetSuite530Boston,
.MA
02108JamesS.PewEarthjustice1625MassachusettsAvenue,N.W.Suite702Washington,DC20036F.WilliamBrownellHunton
&
WilliamsLLP2200PennsylvaniaAvenue,N.W.Washington,DC20037
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