Virginia joins lawsuit against new EPA regulations on power plants

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia is the latest state to join a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new power plant regulations.

Attorney General Jason Miyares has joined a 25-state coalition lawsuit against new regulations on existing coal, natural gas and oil-fired power plants.

The new rule would require power plants to capture emissions from their stacks or turn them off. It would regulate power plants under the Clean Air Act and impose stricter emissions standards.

“By overstepping its bounds, EPA not only disregards clear guidance from the Supreme Court, but also threatens the stability of our nation’s energy supply and violates the sovereign rights of states to manage their energy resources,” Miyares said in a press release. “We urge the Court to find the EPA’s illegal takeover of power and ensure that any changes to our nation’s energy policy are made through the appropriate legislative process, not through unilateral regulatory mandates.”

The EPA cannot legally regulate control of the electric grid without congressional approval. If imposed, it would force countries to shift their power plants away from fossil fuel-fired sources.

Other states named in the lawsuit include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.