- The Washington Times - Monday, August 3, 2015

Just hours after they were released, President Obama’s controversial power-plant rules already are facing legal challenges.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican, said Monday he’ll challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan in court.

“The final rule announced Monday blatantly disregards the rule of law and will severely harm West Virginia and the U.S. economy,” he said at a press conference Monday afternoon. “This rule represents the most far-reaching energy regulation in this nation’s history, drawn up by radical bureaucrats and based upon an obscure, rarely used provision of the Clean Air Act. We intend to challenge it in court vigorously.”

In filing the suit, Mr. Morrisey will be joined by attorneys general in 14 other states.

The EPA plan establishes the first federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants. It requires states to cut emissions by at least 32 percent by 2030, with the vast majority of that reduction to come from coal-fired facilities.

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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