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In the wake of the hearings the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted in West Virginia last week, the agency has decided to schedule more public hearings about the repeal of the Clean Power Plan - carbon regulations that aimed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. 

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey stood in front of the state’s capitol to rally the roughly 120 coal miners and industry boosters gathered there.

“The fight against the unlawful Clean Power Plan started in Charleston, West Virginia,” Morrisey said, noting the state’s role in a legal challenge to the Obama-era rule.

 


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On this West Virginia Morning, environmental advocates and energy industry stakeholders are meeting in West Virginia’s capitol for two days of hearings on a proposal to repeal carbon emission regulations -- regulations that haven’t yet been implemented.

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Last month the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt chose an eastern Kentucky mining town as the venue to announce his intent to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule that sought to limit greenhouse gas emissions. On Tuesday the agency returned to coal country to conduct its only public hearing on the matter in Charleston, West Virginia.

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Community and health advocates gathered at the University of Charleston today to protest the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to do away with carbon pollution regulations. While the EPA’s first and so far only public hearings took place to collect comments about the proposed repeal in the capitol building, another press conference and panel discussion took place across town.

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Nov 28, 2017

The coal industry and environmentalists are squaring off at a two-day public hearing over the Trump administration's planned repeal of an Obama-era plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding the only scheduled hearing on the reversal in Charleston, West Virginia. The state is heavily dependent on coal mining.

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The Trump administration announced Thursday it will hold a public hearing in West Virginia on its plan to nullify an Obama-era plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions. The state is economically dependent on coal mining.

The Environmental Protection Agency will take comments on its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan in Charleston, the state capital, on Nov. 28 and 29.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Solicitor General Elbert Lin is leaving soon to return to the private sector.

Morrisey announced Lin's impending departure Thursday.

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Coal country’s economic woes took center stage at the Environmental Protection Agency as  President Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo parts of President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.


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West Virginia’s Attorney General sent a letter to Washington this week outlining ways to dismantle the Obama Administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution. 

Patrick Morrisey along with officials from Ohio, Kentucky, and 21 other states signed a letter addressed to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Senate President Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito lead a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia this week focused on the local impacts of the Clean Power Plan.

She, Sen. Joe Manchin and Congressman Evan Jenkins, all from West Virginia, were the only Congressional leaders who attended the forum, but Capito said in an earlier interview she wanted to make sure the struggling region's thoughts about the CPP were on the record.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito led a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia today focused on the local impacts of the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting took place at Chief Logan Conference Center in southern West Virginia. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman. She was joined by Sen. Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins.

The meeting addressed regulations stalled in court that put limits on each state’s carbon output. Many West Virginia officials oppose them because the regulations increase stress on the coal industry.


Sen. Shelley Moore Capito will lead a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia about the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting will be Wednesday afternoon at Chief Logan Conference Center. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman.

The meeting will address regulations stalled in court that limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants to stem climate change. Many West Virginia officials oppose them because they target coal.

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito will lead a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia about the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting will be Wednesday afternoon at Chief Logan Conference Center. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman.

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 West Virginia led the charge against the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan yesterday in a day-long hearing at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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The U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C., hears arguments Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the case West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the federal Clean Power Plan. That’s the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s attempt to address climate change by limiting CO2 emissions from power plants.

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West Virginia’s solicitor general will argue before a federal district court panel next week that the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is an illegal use of presidential power. 

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey previewed the state’s arguments Thursday.

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West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection has submitted a feasibility study to West Virginia lawmakers. The study focused on the state’s ability to meet proposed federal carbon emission regulations, and it was required by state law.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling where Central Catholic High School is celebrating 150 years.  And from Pennsylvania, a report about the fate of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan in that state. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Our roots with coal run deep here in central Appalachia. But the future for the people in the Appalachian coalfields is unclear.  Although coal will likely still continue to be mined, it doesn’t seem like jobs in this industry will ever come back, not like they once were. People in the coalfields are worried. Jobs are disappearing -- and there isn’t a lot of hope right now.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey discusses the latest in his case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay in the case this week which essentially freezes the implementation of the carbon reducing rules.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin doesn't expect West Virginia to submit compliance plans for carbon emissions standards from coal-fired power plants while the federal regulation remains in court proceedings.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to halt enforcement of President Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

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This week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to freeze implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan while a broader lawsuit moves forward. West Virginia’s Attorney General, who is among those leading the charge against the carbon regulation plan, said the decision was a “monumental win.”


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The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a request this week to freeze implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan while the broader lawsuit moves forward.


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The Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University hosted a panel discussion this week about the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The new rule seeks to reduce carbon emissions in the US by 37 percent by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels.


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The top national miners union official says West Virginia should request an extension to submit a plan to comply with federal carbon emission standards on coal-fired power plants.

In prepared remarks Tuesday at the Governor's Energy Summit at Stonewall Resort, United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts said West Virginia shouldn't refuse to submit a plan to comply with the push against global warming. He said the state should request an extension until September 2018.

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West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection is calling for thoughts and data that will help determine how the state can meet federal goals to reduce carbon emissions.


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Things got heated on Capitol Hill Wednesday when a committee met to debate the ARENA Act -- a bill West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito introduced in May in anticipation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Capito’s bill is an attempt to scale back the EPA’s new rule. The bill passed through the committee, but not before all the Democrats got up and walked out in protest. 

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Just this past June a report was released that projects possible scenarios in West Virginia given the proposed Clean Power Plan.  West Virginia Public Broadcasting revisited the authors now that the final rule is passed.


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West Virginia lawmakers and other state officials are responding to the filing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power plan.

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