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W.Va. joins Montana in fight to EPA greenhouse gas rules

By The Associated Press
Published On: May 24 2013 10:58:45 AM MDT
Updated On: May 24 2013 03:05:27 PM MDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -

West Virginia is joining Montana and Kansas in seeking to challenge federal rules governing greenhouse gas emissions.
    
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Friday the state has filed a friend of the court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Environmental Protection Agency rules. The rules would allow the federal government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources.
    
West Virginia, Kansas and Montana want the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify that the EPA has misinterpreted the Clean Air Act and has overstepped its regulatory authority.
    
Tomblin says proposed EPA rules on greenhouse gases threaten coal mining jobs in West Virginia and weaken the nation's efforts toward energy independence.