Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is reviewing a federal plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants to determine whether the state should comply or challenge the new rules.
The first-term Republican's office responded to Monday's scheduled climate change announcement by President Barack Obama with a one-sentence statement that his administration is assessing the measure and its "impacts on Illinois."
The plan's state-specific targets have yet to be released. And deadlines to both spell out ways to reduce pollution as well as to achieve those targets have been pushed back by several years.
Industry groups are expected to fight the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules in court. A federal court last month dismissed a suit challenging the "Clean Power Plan" by Oklahoma, West Virginia and another dozen coal-reliant states.