North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan explained the state’s reasoning for discontinuing its participation in the lawsuit.
“We are working to assess our agency and its challenges so we can better position ourselves to meet our greatest priorities going forward,” Regan said. “We feel that pursuing this potentially expensive legal challenge is not a good use of state resources, would not be in line with our agency’s mission to protect the environment, and would not serve the best interest of taxpayers.”
Stein said North Carolina instead should focus on creating clean energy jobs, enhancing the state’s energy independence and combating climate change.
“The [DEQ] asked me to withdraw North Carolina’s participation in this lawsuit because it frustrates these important goals. I am glad to do so,” Stein said.