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Virginia's Air Pollution Control Board rebukes Cuccinelli over EPA lawsuit

Virginia's Air Pollution Control Board voted today to direct its chairman to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli did not act in their behalf when he filed a lawsuit challenging the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases last month.

The seven-member board voted 4-3 at its meeting today. Members were appointed by former Democratic governor Tim Kaine.

"The attorney general is the lead defender of agencies so it just seemed appropriate as the state organization that makes policy and regulation on air pollution to make our voice heard," said Vivian Thomson, a board member and a professor of environmenal policy at the University of Virginia.

Cuccinelli filed suit last month challenging the federal regulation of greenhouse gases. The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Norfolk-based Wetlands Watch, filed motions to intervene in the suit on the side of the EPA.

Cuccinelli has previously said in a statement that "the potential regulations resulting from the endangerment finding could severely impact Virginia jobs; energy, agriculture, manufacturing, and other industries; as well as put a tremendous financial burden on Virginia citizens."

A message with the attorney general's office was not immediately returned today.

-- Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar

By Anita Kumar  |  March 26, 2010; 6:52 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Looks like the Governor now knows who needs to be replaced on this Board.

Posted by: BruceFairfax | March 27, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli needs to calm down. I like him and voted for him, but his ideological crusades aren't very helpful to Virginia -- or to our party eithter.

Posted by: chrojo01 | March 28, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli sounds like an egotistical nut. He should be doing the job he was elected to do instead constanting trying to garner face-time on TV and putting inane remarks better made by a fifth grader. If the new governor doesn't shut him up, he'll continue to sabotage the governor's plans for his state. The AG should not be hogging the TV cameras, he should be working for the good of his state and shut up.

Posted by: papafritz571 | March 28, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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