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Wyoming Continues Fight Against EPA Overreach with Lawsuit Challenging Rule Targeting Coal Industry

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Governor Mark Gordon announced that Wyoming has filed an additional lawsuit challenging a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) targeting the coal industry. According to a release issued Thursday by the Governor’s Office, Wyoming has joined West Virginia and Georgia along with 19 other states challenging EPA’s  new steam electric power generating effluent guidelines. The rule was part of a package of rules affecting power plants the EPA released in late April. Wyoming’s lawsuit argues that the final rule exceeds EPA’s statutory authority and is otherwise arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and not in accordance with law.

Gordon said that “yet again we are compelled to challenge the unlawful and ill-conceived rulemaking of the Biden Administration’s EPA to defend the interests of our core industries, including coal, as well as protect consumers from burdensome regulations that increase energy costs and threaten our nation’s energy supply, while doing little or nothing for the environment.”

Wyoming’s participation in the lawsuit is funded through a bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Gordon in 2021. House Bill 207 created the coal-fired facility closures litigation funding account. 

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