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WV Attorney General argues against EPA in federal court

 (WVVA) West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is challenging the EPA's proposal to cut carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants.

West Virginia has joined 11 other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency of its "Clean Power Plan" to cut CO2 by 30 percent by 2030 (2005 standards). 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE EPA'S CLEAN POWER PROPOSALStarting Thursday, the U. S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit will hear two separate but related lawsuits against the EPA's proposal. Supporters of the coal industry say the new guidelines will have a devastating effect on West Virginia's economy.

"Professor Lawrence Tribe, President Obama's law school professor is working with us on this. He agrees with our arguments. He has argued that this EPA proposal is a kin to burning the Constitution. This is a very egregious effort on the part of the Obama administration to really put coal fire plants out of business and West Virginia is going to stand up to that attack, says Morrisey on Wednesday while during a visit at WVVA.

Morrisey says the EPA proposal is illegal He says the EPA entered into an agreement in 2011 to settle a lawsuit by environmental groups that created guidelines for states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from certain power plants. Morrisey says in 2012 the EPA enacted national emission standards on the same power plants, therefore, the agency cannot require states to regulate those power plants.

The states that filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.




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