Gov. Joe Manchin announced yesterday that West Virginia was filing a suit against the Environmental Protect Agency. He denied that the decision was politically motivated.
The suit says that mountaintop coal mining regulations instituted by the Obama administration last year violate states’ rights and were instituted without the required amount of public notification and review.
“They have proven they are trying to regulate what they can’t legislate,” said Manchin, according to the West Virginia MetroNews.
Manchin, who has fallen six points behind Republican senate candidate John Raese in the latest Rasmussen poll, said planning for the suit had begun in April, before Sen. Robert Byrd passed away.
In a statement to The Hill, Raese spokesman Kevin McLaughlin said, “West Virginians need someone in Washington that won’t be a rubber stamp for President Obama’s radical agenda. They need someone who has the foresight to stand up for West Virginia values and oppose government overreaches like ObamaCare and cap-and-trade before they become law, not after polls get tight.”
Manchin was endorsed by the West Virginia Coal Association last week.