By Nick Farrell
West Virginia’s attorney general is leading a bipartisan coalition seeking information from the EPA on its Clean Power Plan.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey made a Freedom of Information Act request to learn why the rule hasn’t been published in the federal register.
Until that rule is published, states that disagree with the plan can’t file suit against the EPA.
Morrisey’s request is backed by 14 states, including West Virginia.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito also supports the push to learn more about a rule that she believes will impact the U.S. for years to come.
“All of this regulatory environment is just a beating down of the American economy, and we’re really feeling it in West Virginia,” said Moore Capito. “Basically, the long-term consequences I see are a lack of global competitiveness where we fall back among our competitors in the world, and that hurts our workers and that hurts our families.”
Added Morrisey: “If we can get into court and prove our case the right way, I think we can inject a sense of hope in the citizens of West Virginia, and people know that since the EPA is proceeding on an illegal front, if we win, that could lead to a rebound. Maybe not to where we were back in 2008 or 2009, but it could be very positive.”
The Clean Power Plan was signed Aug. 3.
Even though it hasn’t been published in the federal register, state’s must comply with the rule’s strict deadlines.
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- On October 9, 2015