BLUEFIELD — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is taking on one of the largest and most powerful agencies in the country, and he’s winning.
Morrisey is leading the charge in a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, a proposal, he said, that would once again increase emission standards for coal-fired power plants and eventually cost more jobs in West Virginia.
West Virginia, along with other states and agencies, requested a stay on the plan from the U.S. Supreme Court in January. That stay was granted and the EPA plan is “frozen in place,” he said, until the case goes back to the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. where arguments will be presented June 2 and 3.
Morrisey, who is running for reelection this year, said this is more than an isolated court case challenging an agency. It has ramifications well beyond the Clean Power Plan.
“The EPA has become a command and control agency,” he said. “My job is to challenge it when it crosses the line. This (Clean Power Plan) goes well beyond the EPA’s original mission.”
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