W.Va. Determining Impact of New Pollution Rule

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia officials are determining impacts from federal plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

An Environmental Protection Agency rule announced Monday is at the center of President Barack Obama's plans to reduce pollution tied to global warming.

West Virginia gets 96 percent of its electricity from coal, the highest ratio nationally.

The federal goal for West Virginia would drop emissions by 19.8 percent by 2030, compared to 2012 levels.

State Democrats and Republicans have long argued the administration wrongly targets the coal industry.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman said the office is trying to determine West Virginia's specific impact.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he would take all legal actions necessary against the rule.

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