Justice Official Recuses Himself From Clean Power Plan Case

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The Department of Justice’s top official for the environment is recusing himself from the government’s defense of the Obama administration’s landmark climate change regulation, reports Bloomberg BNA’s Tiffany Stecker.  

Jeff Wood, acting assistant attorney general for the environment and natural resources division, said on Friday that he wouldn’t participate in the case over the Clean Power Plan because of his work before joining the Justice Department, Tiffany reported.  

He previously worked at Balch & Bingham LLP, where he filed an amicus brief on behalf of Republican members of Congress against the Clean Power Plan.

Read more in Tiffany’s story DOJ Official to Recuse Himself From Clean Power Plan Case.

Trump issued an executive order Tuesday directing the EPA to review its various climate change regulations, including the Clean Power Plan. The administration is also rolling back a proposal to provide aid to states and reward early compliance with the plan.