AG MORRISEY ASKS COURT TO SPEED UP EPA LAWSUIT

Morrisey:  Coal-producing states cannot afford to have this case drag on for years.
CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday that he filed a motion to expedite briefing in a lawsuit filed against the EPA challenging the legality of emissions regulations the agency has proposed for existing power plants. The motion, filed in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, asks the court to consolidate the briefing schedule and rule on the lawsuit as quickly as possible. West Virginia and a bipartisan group of 11 other states filed the lawsuit in August. It asks the Court to compel the EPA to withdraw its proposed regulations.
            “We believe a consolidated briefing schedule and expedited consideration will reduce the irreparable harm these proposed rules will have on the states,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “West Virginia and other coal-producing states cannot afford to have this case drag on for years. The proposed regulations already are creating uncertainty in our communities, and the longer it takes, the more of a pall it will cast over states, communities and the families who make a living from coal.”
            The motion says the EPA entered into an agreement in 2011 to settle a threatened lawsuit by environmental groups and certain States. In the settlement, the EPA agreed to create guidelines for states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from certain power plants. However, in 2012, the EPA enacted national emission standards on the same power plants, meaning the agency can no longer require states to regulate the same power plants. The lawsuit seeks to have that settlement agreement nullified and the proposed regulations vacated.
            To read a copy of the motion, go to http://bit.ly/1qp1KRx.
NEWS COVERAGE:
*         http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/x573965963/AGs-team-up-against-EPA-rules
*         http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140903/DM0104/140909725/1277#sthash.9mOyF64P.dpuf
*          http://www.wchstv.com/news/features/eyewitness-news/stories/State-Officials-Battle-Against-EPA-Regulations-29371.shtml#.VAiL-Uu9YYV
*         http://harlandaily.com/news/news/50513914/AGs-stand-up-to-EPA
*         http://www.statejournal.com/story/26438152/wv-ky-team-up-to-fight-against-epa-regulations
*         http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20140903/NEWS04/140909832
*         http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/AGs-Urge-Quicker-Ruling-on-EPA-Emissions-Lawsuit-273833951.html
*         http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/state/ags-urge-quicker-ruling-on-epa-emissions-lawsuit/article_25959315-ed8d-587c-8567-a67acea62bcf.html
*         http://www.wtrf.com/story/26441457/ags-urge-quicker-ruling-on-epa-emissions-lawsuit
*         http://www.dailyindependent.com/news/article_ac53f2d8-33e3-11e4-a4c4-001a4bcf887a.html
*         http://wvmetronews.com/2014/09/03/kentucky-ag-court-needs-to-decide-if-epa-has-authority-to-regulate-carbon-emissions/
*         http://mycn2.com/politics/kentucky-along-with-11-other-states-file-suit-against-epa-on-carbon-regulations

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s