Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kentucky cancels public hearings after court ruling

(AP) — Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavley has canceled a series of public meetings on the EPA's proposed clean power plan after the U.S. Supreme Court delayed the plan from going into effect.

Snavley said in a news release the planned listening sessions were premature because the clean power plan could change or be vacated. He reiterated his opposition to the plan, saying it put states like Kentucky into an untenable position.

The Environmental Protection Agency required states to come up with a plan to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by one third by 2030. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell had urged states to ignore the requirement. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin had asked for an extension to give the state time to challenge the plan in court.