Iowa Governor Stops State from Challenging Trump Coal Rule

Iowa Governor Stops State from Challenging Trump Coal Rule Photo: Left: Gov. Kim Reynolds; Right: Attorney General Tom Miller.

September 26, 2019 01:08 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has blocked Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller from joining 21 states and six large cities in a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration policy easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants.
Miller says he sought approval from the governor in July but Reynolds, a Republican and Donald Trump supporter, declined.
Miller, a Democrat, reached an agreement with Reynolds in May requiring him to get her consent before joining such lawsuits. In exchange, Reynolds vetoed a bill lawmakers passed that weakened the attorney general's powers.
Trump has replaced an Obama administration plan that required states to cut emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants with a rule relaxing the state restrictions.
The federal lawsuit claims the Trump rule violates the federal Clean Air Act.
Reynolds' office didn't immediately reply to a message.

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