WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule:
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling confirms what we have long known in West Virginia: the MATS rule is unlawful and failed to consider the devastating impacts on our economy. While today’s ruling is encouraging, many West Virginians have already suffered the effects of EPA’s misguided MATS rule with job layoffs, numerous mine closures and electricity rate increases occurring throughout the state. Going forward, states should not be forced to bear the brunt of other costly EPA regulations before legal challenges are complete. I will continue to work with my colleagues to advance policies that protect reliable and affordable energy, put jobs and our economy first and curb federal overreach.”
Last week, Senator Capito, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, chaired a hearing examining the ARENA Act and the impacts of EPA’s proposed carbon regulations on energy costs for American businesses, rural communities and families. Watch video of the hearing here.