U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) News

EPA proposes to relax power plants carbon emission limits

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 23, 2018

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule called Affordable Clean Energy that will relax carbon emission limits on power plants.

Trump praises Morrisey, new EPA proposal on coal plants during W.Va. visit

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 22, 2018

CHARLESTON – President Donald Trump made another visit to West Virginia as the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to ease carbon emission limitations on power plants.

Appeals court reverses federal court ruling in environmental group's case against EPA

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 10, 2018

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned a previous ruling, siding with the Environmental Protection Agency relating to a 2015 lawsuit filed by environmental groups.

Attorney: W.Va. would benefit with more state oversight of coal waste

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 7, 2018

CHARLESTON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently shifted oversight of coal combustion byproducts from the federal level to the state level for the first time.

Charleston attorney applauds proposed EPA regulations

By Glenn Minnis | May 22, 2018

CHARLESTON – A Charleston attorney thinks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed regulations could provide the energy industry with a much needed pathway to greater transparency.

Jenkins invites EPA chief to view West Virginia's coal resurgence

By John Sammon | May 18, 2018

CHARLESTON – U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins said he has invited Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to come to West Virginia to see the resurgence of the region’s coal mining industry after the Trump administration relaxed alleged damaging regulations enacted by the Obama administration.

The War on Coal is winding down slowly

By The West Virginia Record | May 1, 2018

The Battle of New Orleans was fought on January 8, 1815, two weeks after the signing of the peace treaty ending the War of 1812. If British General Edward Pakenham had had a cell phone, or even a beeper, he might have received notice of the treaty-signing before the battle began and been able to avoid his embarrassing defeat to Andrew Jackson.

AG's office files action to force EPA to protect coal, steel jobs

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 19, 2018

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has filed a petition to protect West Virginia coal jobs by demanding the federal government clarify onerous regulations that stymie the production of steel.

Morrisey, other AGs push to help EPA on Clean Power Plan replacement

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 7, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led a 21-state effort to help shape the potential creation of any new regulation that would effectively replace the so-called Clean Power Plan.

The war on coal ain't over 'til it's over

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 23, 2018

It was a happy day in mining country last fall when Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump Administration would scrap the EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) and the onerous emission standards purposefully designed to shutdown the coal industry.

Morrisey leads coalition pushing to kill Clean Power Plan

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 17, 2018

The bipartisan coalition filed a public comment letter as part of the EPA's proposed repeal of the plan. It encourages the agency to eliminate the Obama-era rule and return authority to manage energy resources to the states.

Voices heard on the end of the war on coal

By The West Virginia Record | Oct 17, 2017

The war on coal​ is officially over. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last week that the Trump Administration is abandoning the Clean Power Plan that was created to cripple the coal industry in America.

WVU professor doubts Clean Power Plan repeal will help coal industry

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 11, 2017

MORGANTOWN – A West Virginia University professor says the EPA’s elimination of the Clean Power Plan will have little effect on bringing back coal jobs.

W.Va. leaders hail withdrawal of EPA Clean Power Plan

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration is abandoning the Clean Power Plan which was supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Morrisey leads 25-state coalition supporting abolition of waters rule

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 28, 2017

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, along with Wisconsin Attorney General Brad D. Schimel, is leading a 25-state coalition in support of permanently rescinding language used in the 2015 Waters of the United States rule.

West Virginians get the last laugh

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 2, 2017

President Obama and his bureaucrats laughed at the citizens of West Virginia and our representatives for eight years as they waged their wicked war on coal (on behalf of other energy interests, foreign and domestic), but who's laughing now? We are, and so is U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins.

Morrisey hails repeal of EPA's WOTUS rule

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 27, 2017

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and 20 other state attorneys general are praising the repeal of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States Rule. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a notice June 27 to withdraw the Obama-era rule.

Thanks to POTUS, maybe WOTUS won't go to SCOTUS

By The West Virginia Record | Jun 27, 2017

A good headline may give readers a concise summary of the content to come or it may pique curiosity just enough to entice a further read, but a really good headline does both. How about that one above? It's a real humdinger, isn’t it? Probably you have no idea what the headline says.

W.Va., Wisconsin AGs lead push asking EPA to respect states in WOTUS review

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 21, 2017

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, along with Wisconsin Attorney General Brad D. Schimel, are leading a 20-state coalition in requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency preserve the role of the states in protecting the nation’s water sources.

The Clean Power Plan is a 'government knows best' power play

By The West Virginia Record | Jun 20, 2017

Last year, West Virginia State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and peers from other states successfully challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan (CPP) in court and delayed its implementation.

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