Morrisey fights EPA and regulatory creep

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — No matter how you feel about coal industry emissions, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s fight of proposed new rules by the Environmental Protection Agency is a just cause.

That’s because the fight Morrisey is leading is as much about containing potentially unlawful regulatory creep as it is about protecting the coal industry.

West Virginia is one of 12 states that has filed a lawsuit against the EPA, claiming proposed regulations are illegal because they seek to require states to regulate coal-fired power plants even though the agency already regulates those plants under the hazardous air pollutant program.

The Clean Air Act prohibits double regulation, reported the Daily Mail’s Whitney Burdette.

“We’re David to the federal government’s Goliath,” Morrisey, a Republican, said Wednesday in a meeting with the Daily Mail’s editorial board.

 “It’s really important to challenge the EPA when they overreach because it has a direct impact on West Virginia and the American economy…

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