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Phone: 304-558-2021
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Contact: Beth Ryan
Phone: (304) 558-2021

Release Date: February 11, 2013

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Urges President Obama to Change Course in Appointing New EPA Administrator

CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing his concerns about the current direction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and urging the President to change the agency’s “current path” by nominating a more reasonable successor to recent EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

In his letter to the President, Attorney General Morrisey cited West Virginia’s obvious and significant interest in the selection of EPA Administrator, given the state’s role as a leading energy producer for the rest of the country.

“I urge you not to select a person who would aggressively engage in a war against coal,” Attorney General Morrisey wrote the President. “We both surely can agree that the resources currently being spent to unsuccessfully defend the EPA’s overreach can be better spent elsewhere.”

In keeping with his campaign pledge to combat unconstitutional overreach by the federal government, Attorney General Morrisey informed the President that he intends “to be much more aggressive in defending West Virginia against EPA overreach.”

“I promised the citizens of this State that, as their new Attorney General, I would uphold the principles of federalism and work to ensure that the federal government does not take actions that are inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law,” noted Morrisey.

Morrisey foreshadowed that his office would “use every tool at our disposal, including legal, policy, and educational mechanisms, to protect West Virginia’s sovereign interests and fight federal overreach that harms our way of life.”

“As West Virginia’s new Attorney General, I have grave concerns about the current direction of the EPA and hope that the President will take West Virginia’s considerations into account as the EPA transitions to a new Administrator,” Morrisey said.