Rep. David McKinley introduces legislation to revoke the EPA’s p - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

McKinley introduces legislation to revoke the EPA’s permit authority

Posted: Updated:
  • GovernmentGovernmentMore>>

  • U.S. Rep. Capito speaks at EPA hearing in Washington, DC

    U.S. Rep. Capito speaks at EPA hearing in Washington, DC

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:26:16 GMT
    U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito,R-W.Va., won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in the 2014 Primary Election. U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito,R-W.Va., won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in the 2014 Primary Election.
    U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., testified,  along with several other lawmakers and representation from the Sierra Club, a national activism group.
    U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., testified,  along with several other lawmakers and representation from the Sierra Club, a national activism group.
  • Charleston, WV group plans to deliver clean water to Detroit

    Charleston, WV group plans to deliver clean water to Detroit

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:14:24 GMT
    The Keeper of the Mountains Foundation will make a trip from Charleston to Detroit to deliver over 1,000 gallons of water by July 30.
    The Keeper of the Mountains Foundation will make a trip from Charleston to Detroit to deliver over 1,000 gallons of water by July 30.
  • West Virginia union PAC gets $250k check

    West Virginia union PAC gets $250k check

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:43:38 GMT
    The super PAC named Honest West Virginians received the check from the West Virginia State Building & Construction Trades Council in late June.
    The super PAC named Honest West Virginians received the check from the West Virginia State Building & Construction Trades Council in late June.

Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., recently introduced legislation to take away the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to revoke permits after the Secretary of the Army has issued the permits.

Last March, a federal court ruled the EPA overreached its powers by revoking a permit at the Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in her decision the EPA's action was "a stunning power for an agency to arrogate itself" and said the EPA used "magical thinking" to justify its decision. The EPA appealed that decision last May.

"If EPA can retroactively pull a permit at a coal mine, what's to stop them from doing so at any construction site or manufacturing plant?" McKinley said in a news release. "The ability to change the rules once a project is started creates a level of uncertainty that hurts not just the coal industry but all industries."

McKinley said the if the EPA is successful, it would cost jobs and investment throughout the country.