'A chance' Conway could join other attorneys general to challenge proposed EPA coal rules

09/30/2013 09:45 AM

Attorney General Jack Conway said he’s looking at joining other attorneys general to pressure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to back off of proposed new rules that essentially cut in half the amount of emissions for future coal-fired power plants.

“What it basically does is it shuts down any future coal fired generation in this country,” Conway said at 0:20 of the interview. He acknowledged that the Southern Company’s costly clean coal gasification plant might meet the standards.

But he said he’s looking at joining up with other attorneys general potentially to file a lawsuit. Last week, Conway was the only Democratic attorney general who signed a letter with 16 other attorneys general saying that the proposed rules overstep the EPA’s bounds and such environmental decisions should be made on the state level.

“We need to do right by Kentucky coal and make certain that if burned as cleanly as possible, it’s viable for the future,” Conway said.

Conway, in this five-minute segment, also outlined what’s next in his lawsuits against for profit colleges (2:00) and whether he believes Gov. Steve Beshear had the legal authority to expand Medicaid and set up a health exchange through executive order (4:00):

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