McConnell says he will file legislation to stop new EPA rules

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on June 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 2 at 1:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell said he will file legislation Monday to stop new rules set forth by the EPA.

McConnell said he believes the new limits on carbon emissions will not only cost the Commonwealth coal jobs and hurt the state economy, but will also cause an increase in utility rates.

"This is not just a coal industry issue, this in an everything issue. It's, frankly, a straight war on Kentucky and Senator McConnell is absolutely committed to fighting it all the way, tooth and tail 'til we win," Josh Holmes, with McConnell's campaign, said.

U.S. Representative John Yarmuth also weighed in on the newly released rules.

"I don't think there is any 'war on coal' at all. What this is, is a realization that the climate is changing, that carbon emissions have an impact on that and that the largest source of carbon emissions is from coal-fired power plants," Yarmuth said.

McConnell and Yarmuth were in Louisville Monday, WHAS11's political editor Joe Arnold will have more on this story coming up during the 4 p.m. newscast.

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