Ky. Lawmakers File Brief In EPA Case

Dec 16, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell and other GOP lawmakers filed an amicus brief Monday in a case involving EPA powers.

McConnell, along with other members of Kentucky's Republican congressional delegation,  say the brief is in support of the state’s coal miners. Utility Air Regulatory Group v. the Environmental Protection Agency is a sequel to a 2007 case, which resulted in a ruling that the EPA had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases as hazardous pollutants under the Clean Air Act. That allowed the EPA to use what’s known as the “Tailpipe Rule” to trigger regulations for coal-fired power plants and other stationary sources.

In individual statements, the lawmakers argue that the EPA restrictions put an undue burden on coal miners and their families.