Conway says EPA law suit is about what's fair for Kentucky

11/18/2014 01:15 PM

LEXINGTON — Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said the state will bear a disproportionate burden if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has its way in imposing stricter pollution standards.

Conway, along with 11 other states Attorney’s General, filed a lawsuit against the EPA to prevent conforming to the proposed green house gas regulations.

The EPA wants to limit carbon dioxide emissions 18 percent in Kentucky by 2030, but with Kentucky’s vast reliance on coal Conway argues the restrictions could be detrimental to the economy.

Conway spoke on Wednesday in Lexington at the Kentucky Energy Management Conference and told attendees that his biggest problem with the EPA is the process used by the organization to come up with the regulation.

“They were sued by a number of northeastern states that have higher electricity rates than we do some years ago, they settled, they promised to regulate under this particular section of the Clean Air Act and Kentucky was never at the table,” Conway said.

In 2010, during Conway’s unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate, some coal executives questioned his support for coal — hoping to spend big to defeat him in the race.

On Tuesday Conway told Pure Politics that he supports the industry and is not filing the suit for political reasons now that he’s a candidate for governor.

“I have concerns legally about what’s being done here,” Conway said. “I have concerns about Kentucky’s economy.”

Conway expects to have some resolution from the District of Columbia Circuit Court in early 2015.


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