- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill letting lawmakers approve state plans to meet proposed federal carbon emission standards.

The power plan bill requires the GOP-led Legislature’s vote before the state sends compliance plans to the EPA.

Tomblin previously said legislative approval would restrict environmental regulators. Coal industry groups said lawmakers should be included.

EPA’s anti-global warming proposal 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.

The bill was among 11 signed Tuesday. Tomblin also approved a bill shielding property owners from lawsuits over open and obvious hazards on their grounds.

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