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WV Attorney General applauds legislation to stop EPA's attack on coal

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CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued the following statement today about Sen. Shelley Moore Capito's proposed legislation to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations on emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants.

"I applaud Sens. Capito, Inhofe, Manchin and the group of more than 20 other co-sponsors for introducing the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, or ARENA, in the Senate. 

"This legislation is another critical tool to stop federal overreach that will inflict real harms on the states, their citizens and taxpayers, regardless of whether they live in an energy-producing state like West Virginia or not. Our Office is proud to lead a bipartisan group of 15 states who are suing the EPA over the illegal and onerous regulations, which seek to reduce emissions by an average of 30 percent in 15 years. As we have argued in court, and testified to in the U.S. Senate, the EPA is illegally regulating coal-fired power plants and going much further than permitted under the Clean Air Act.

"ARENA, if passed, will prohibit the EPA from implementing its final emissions rules on existing power plants until courts can make a decision on our lawsuit and others. States should not be forced to invest in and move forward on the EPA's edict while those very rules are being argued in court."

This legislation shows that state and federal leaders can work together to halt an out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency, which will save money, jobs and protect citizens."

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