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
March 26, 2010; 6:52 PM ET
Categories: Ken Cuccinelli , Timothy M. Kaine
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