In depth: WV against the EPA

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - With the opening arguments happening in the lawsuit against the EPA's Clean Power Plan, spearheaded by West Virginia's Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, happening in D.C. on Tuesday, we wanted to take a closer look at the suite.


Morrisey has sent many different statements leading up to Tuesday's events. In an interview sent to us this week, he clearly lays out his stance, saying that the legal arguments in this case are pretty straight forward.

"The legal arguments are pretty straight forward," said West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, in an interview sent to 5 News. "We think it's clear that you need to have specific authorization from Congress when you're going to regulate something with this kind of magnitude. We think case law lays that out and we will be presenting our detailed arguments to the court on that topic. Second, you can't double regulate coal fire power plants."

But, some environmental groups aren't too happy with Morrisey. We talked with an Executive Director of a group that was in D.C. advocating for the Clean Power Plan on Tuesday, and they said they want the plan to be even stronger.

"We support the clean power plan because we have to do something to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere," said Gay Zuckett, Executive Director of West Virginia Citizen Action. "It's not perfect, but if we were writing it, it would be even stronger I think. We just have to start somewhere and it's a decent place to start."

Stay with us as we continue to follow the case.