West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed the high court’s decision to stay the agency’s new rule, calling it a “major victory” for Americans. The White House disagreed with the court’s order, but said it is confident the agency will prevail in the court challenge.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives, including West Virginia’s entire congressional delegation, on Jan. 13 approved a measure that would effectively kill the Environmental Protection Agency’s new “Waters of the United States” rule. The House voted 253-166, passing a resolution of disapproval to nullify the rule, which extends the federal agency’s authority to all bodies of water, no matter the size or frequency. Only one Republican – U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey – voted against
CHARLESTON – More than 100 people have asked to be excluded from a class action settlement over the 2014 water contamination crisis in West Virginia. Those wishing to opt out or object to the settlement – in which Freedom Industries executives have agreed to pay $400,000 – have until next month to do so.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives, including West Virginia’s delegation, voted Tuesday to void Environmental Protection Agency regulations for new and existing power plants. The House voted 242-180 to repeal the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which puts carbon emissions limits on existing plants, and 235-188 to block the federal agency’s rules governing emissions from new plants.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin broke rank with fellow Democrats and voted Tuesday to pass a resolution to stop the Obama administration from imposing anti-coal regulations on new coal-fired power plants West Virginia’s senior senator also voted to pass a separate resolution, introduced by U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to prevent the administration from moving forward with its proposed anti-coal regulations for existing coal-fired plants.
CHARLESTON – West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the state will submit a plan in an effort to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, even as a multi-state lawsuit over the rule’s legality looms. “As required by new legislation passed by the Legislature this year, the state Department of Environmental Protection has already initiated its feasibility study to determine what options may be available for West Virginia to meet these new standards,” Tomblin said Oct.
CHARLESTON – West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis again called out the court majority in a dissent filed this week, this time accusing her fellow justices of an “arrogant and complete disregard of federal law.” Davis dissented to an Oct. 15 opinion, in which a majority of the court’s justices ruled that the state Department of Health and Human Resources must follow an order issued by Kanawha Circuit Court Judge Louis “Duke” Boom in August 2014 to immediately restore access to patient
CHARLESTON – A majority of justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals had harsh words earlier this month for the state Department of Health and Human Resources in the agency’s repeated “noncompliance” with prior orders and commitments to better patient care at two of the state’s psychiatric hospitals. In its Oct. 7 opinion, the majority of the state’s high court mostly upheld Kanawha Circuit Court Judge Louis “Duke” Bloom’s orders against the DHHR.
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has granted a motion that effectively blocks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing a new rule that extends the federal agency’s authority to all bodies of water. The rule – known generally as the “Waters of the United States” rule – was published in the Federal Register June 29. The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began enforcement Aug. 28.