CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says federal regulators don't have authority to implement a wide-reaching scale-back on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
The Republican made the assertion in a Friday letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.
Since coal plants are covered elsewhere in the Clean Air Act, Morrisey says EPA can't further regulate them.
Morrisey says EPA relies on a technical error made when Congress amended the act in 1990.
The rule aims to curb global warming by cutting emissions by 30 percent nationally by 2030, compared to 2005.
West Virginia would have to drop emissions by 19.8 percent by 2030, compared to 2012.
The state gets 96 percent of its electricity from coal.
Morrisey says he will take any legal actions necessary against the rule.