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Tomblin, Rahall Praise Court Decision On Air Pollution
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Aug. 21, 2012 4:32 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 21, 2012 4:41 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals to throw out new rules to control air pollution in parts of the eastern United States drew praise Tuesday from West Virginia’s governor and a congressman.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a news release that for the fourth time, a federal judge has ruled against the EPA for the exact same thing, “overstepping its authority and trampling on states’ authority. It’s time for Washington to stop trying to tell us how to run our coal mines.
“The policies the EPA is trying to push on our state are anti-coal and anti-West Virginia. The record is clear; the EPA is 0-4 in its war on coal. I’m asking President Obama to reign in his EPA and end this war. Enough is enough – the EPA has been told time and time again that it is acting outside its authority.”
The governor was reacting to a decision by the court that said the EPA over-stepped its boundaries with the so-called “good neighbor” policy. Instead, less stringent rules set up by the Bush administration will go into place, until the new rules are rewritten. The decision is a letdown for the Obama administration and environmental groups. They had wanted to stop so-called “upwind states” from spewing possibly unhealthy levels of toxins into the environment – and across state borders.
U.S. Rep. Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.Va., said the court’s decision echoes a theme he has been hammering away at for a long time. “The EPA, in its zealotry to advocate air pollution controls not authorized by the Congress, has gone well beyond its statutory authority, as well as public opinion,” Rahall said in a news release. “The courts are rightly calling EPA on its extralegal actions, and that’s good news for coal miners and their families in Appalachia.”
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