June 29, 2015

Manchin Applauds Michigan v. EPA Ruling

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement applauding the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Michigan v. EPA case.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling sends a strong signal to the EPA that it must stop ignoring the economic damage its regulations are causing to our energy sector and our economy. By forcing dozens of coal-fired power plants to close, the EPA’s job-killing regulations have already had a devastating impact on jobs, energy prices, the reliability of our power supply, our coal mining industry and most importantly our families in West Virginia and across this nation. The EPA continues to impose regulations one after another regardless of the impact on our economy, and I applaud the Supreme Court for recognizing that the agency must take costs into account.

“All West Virginians and Americans want to drink clean water and breathe clean air, and over the past 20 years, our state has always been willing to do its part to find solutions. All we are asking for is a partner and not an adversary in the federal government to work with states like West Virginia that produce domestic resources to make this country less dependent on foreign energy and more secure as a nation. This ruling is an important step to rein in this out-of-control agency, and I am hopeful that, in the coming weeks, the court will also recognize that the EPA has again overreached with the Clean Power Plan in order to prevent the loss of a million jobs, an increase in utility rates, and more damage to our economy.”