Morrisey comments on Supreme Court ruling

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has issued a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday that found the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Last year, West Virginia joined an amicus, or friend of the court, brief with several other states that argued the EPA’s permitting process for some industries improperly interpreted the Act and imposed regulations beyond the scope of what Congress had intended.

Morrisey issued the following statement Monday:

“Our office is currently reviewing today’s Supreme Court decision, but we are very pleased that the majority of the Court ruled the EPA exceeded its authority by changing the emissions threshold for greenhouse gases.

“We believe that kind of change can only be made by Congress, and it is refreshing to see that the Supreme Court shares our belief,” Morrisey said in the statement. “Our hope is that today’s decision serves as a wake-up call to the EPA and the Obama Administration that it cannot govern by fiat and must adhere to the Constitution.”