CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – West Virginia Attorney
General Patrick Morrisey announced that, along with Texas Attorney General Ken
Paxton, he drafted a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking it to stop spending federal tax dollars on the halted Power Plan.
“The entire point of the Supreme Court’s extraordinary
action in putting a stop to the Power Plan was to preserve the status quo
pending the outcome of the litigation,” Morrisey said. “EPA should respect
that action by leaving things the way they are until the courts have had their
The letter was written as a response to 14 state
environmental agency officials who were seeking assistance from the EPA related
to the Power Plan. However, back in February, Morrisey and Paxton led 29 states
in winning a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court related to the Power Plan. The
court denied the EPA authority to enforce the rule.
“We welcome this unusual step by the full court, which
confirms our long-held view that the Power Plan is an unprecedented and
transformative rule of a kind the states have never seen from EPA,” Morrisey
said. “We look forward to presenting our arguments in September.”