State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Wednesday his office has joined 15 other states to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fight against President Barack Obama’s final ruling of the Clean Power Plan.
“This request is a necessary first step and prerequisite to confronting this illegal power grab. These regulations, if allowed to proceed, will do serious harm to West Virginia and the U.S. economy and that is why we are taking quick action to bring this process to a halt,” said Morrisey in a news release.
President Obama and EPA officials unveiled the final version of the plan on Monday. According to the plan, states have to come up with methods to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 30 percent in the next 15 years.
Morrisey and other officials nationwide plan to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration that will be later challenged in court.
The stay request with the EPA asks the agency to put an end to the “scheme” until the courts have an opportunity to rule on its legality.
States included in this request are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.