Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kentucky joins in challenging EPA power plant rules

(AP) — Kentucky has joined several other states in a legal challenge against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its power plant regulations.

Attorney General Jack Conway said Tuesday the legal action takes aim at federal overreach that threatens Kentucky's ability to implement an air quality protection plan that works best for Kentucky.

In May, the EPA told a number of states, including Kentucky, to revise air quality standards regulating emissions during startup, shutdown and malfunction of power plants. Conway says the EPA wants to impose its judgment in regulating air standards.
He warns the likely result would be higher utility bills in Kentucky.

The states have asked a federal appeals court to review the EPA's rule.


Conway is a Democrat running for governor, and EPA regulations of coal-fired power plants have been a major issue in Kentucky.