CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its new rule regulating emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.
The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office on Mead’s orders petitioned the EPA on Monday to reconsider. Wyoming is the nation’s leading coal-producing state and state officials are increasingly concerned about falling coal revenues.
Wyoming’s petition claims the final EPA rule is stricter than an earlier draft. The state says it should have a right to comment on the changes.
Wyoming and other states have filed legal challenges to various EPA rules seeking to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing coal-fired plants. While the EPA says the regulations are necessary to combat climate change, the states claim the regulations would effectively prohibit all coal-fired plants.
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- On December 23, 2015