Monday, August 3, 2015

West Virginia faces more stringent goals in final power plan

(AP) — President Barack Obama's plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants places more stringent requirements on West Virginia than originally proposed.

Under new regulations announced Monday, states must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030. West Virginia would reduce its emission rate by almost 37 percent by 2030, compared to 2012 levels.

Previously, the Obama administration proposed a rate reduction of 19.8 percent for West Virginia. The new proposal also gives an extra two years, until 2022, to begin complying.

Both Democrats and Republicans in West Virginia have opposed the plan that would target coal-fired power generation to address climate change.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called the rule "unreasonable, unrealistic and ultimately unattainable."

Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey vowed to take legal action against the regulation.