- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Stakeholders are weighing in on whether lawmakers should get to vote on state plans to meet proposed federal carbon emission standards for coal-fired power plants.

At a House public hearing Monday, speakers discussed a bill requiring the GOP-led Legislature’s vote before the state sends compliance plans to the EPA. It requires a state feasibility report 180 days after EPA’s rule is finalized.

Environmentalists said legislative approval would be burdensome. Coal industry groups said lawmakers should have more say.

In an anti-global warming push, the EPA aims to drop emissions from existing coal-fired plants by 30 percent nationally by 2030, compared to 2005.

West Virginia’s reduction would be 19.8 percent by 2030, compared to 2012.

State plans are due June 2016, or 2017 with extensions. States that collaborate have until 2018.

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