ASHLAND, KY - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is joining forces with other Attorney Generals to keep coal going strong amid efforts from the Environmental Protection Agency to cut back on carbon emissions.
The group, Conway included, is now stepping up the initiative by filing a lawsuit against the EPA. Conway spoke today in Ashland, saying that this is an issue that impacts all residents.
“The rules that have been proposed, in my opinion, are not only illegal, but they fly in the face of the tradition of environmental regulations” Conway said.
Over the summer, the EPA proposed new regulations under the Clean Air Act, which would reduce carbon emissions from power plants to the point where the coal industry believes they would be forced out of business.
“If these rules go into effect the way they are, it’s going to harm residents, not just here in Eastern Kentucky, but in every corner of the Commonwealth of Kentucky” Conway said,
This law would pertain to existing power plants, not just new ones. Conway highlights that 90 percent of the state’s electricity is derived from coal and the savings in production costs that it provides is passed down to residents.