Missouri has joined 24 other states and the Arizona Legislature in suing the Environmental Protection Agency over a rule that tells states how to limit air pollution under the Clean Air Act.

The lawsuit claims that the EPA is exceeding its statutory authority and forcing states to submit emission compliance standards “under impossible conditions.” In a press release, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey calls the EPA’s actions unconstitutional.

“Our federal Constitution does not recognize a fourth branch of government that can create rules and interfere with Americans’ private lives,” Bailey said in a written statement. “Joe Biden’s unconstitutional attempt to legislate through the EPA would force Missourians’ energy costs to increase exponentially.”

The EPA disagrees, stating that it’s giving states at least 18 months to submit compliance plans, with final action to take place 12 months after that.

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