EPA officials should come to West Virginia to speak directly with citizens whose livelihoods will be impacted by new regulations.

Updated 4 years ago From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey  said he sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency asking it to delay plans to establish carbon dioxide emission regulations for existing power plants until the agency resolves substantial problems with the proposed regulations for new power plants.

In the letter, addressed to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Morrisey said the regulations for existing power plants should be postponed because they are based on flawed rules targeting new power plants.  The EPA’s first attempt at creating new source performance standards — or NSPS — had to be withdrawn after the comment process revealed numerous defects.  The current version also suffers from multiple, well-documented problems, and has been heavily criticized by job-creators and bipartisan leaders across the nation.

“Our Office is deeply concerned that the EPA has already shared with the White House its proposal for regulating existing power plants when obvious legal problems leave the proposal for new plants in so much doubt,” Attorney General Morrisey said.  “Driven by the ideology that ‘big government knows best,’ the EPA seems intent on pushing these job-killing regulations regardless of the real concerns voiced by our citizens, job-creators, and elected leaders from both parties.”

In the letter, Morrisey once again urges McCarthy or others with the EPA to travel to West Virginia and hear firsthand from people who will be directly impacted by the proposed regulations.

“If permitted to become law, these regulations will have serious consequences for anyone who pays an electric bill and will have a negative impact on the economies of West Virginia and other coal-producing states,” Morrisey said.

Morrisey also outlines concerns with the current proposed regulations for new power plants.  The letter points out that the proposal heavily relies on government-funded projects employing carbon capture and storage, or CCS, even though the EPA cannot identify even one coal-burning power plant currently using CCS on a commercial scale.  The letter states that this reliance is a violation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a law that expressly forbids the EPA from setting performance standards based on technology that is funded by government subsidies.

“Our Office has repeatedly said that we will work with anyone at the EPA to achieve responsible environmental protection that does not destroy the livelihoods of thousands of West Virginians,” Morrisey said.  “We want the EPA to stop launching more regulations impacting existing power plants until it resolves the numerous problems with the current proposal.”

To read a copy of the letter, click here: http://bit.ly/1ueBE4B

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