EPA abuses must end

Among President Barack Obama’s first assaults in his war against the coal industry and reasonably priced electricity was an Environmental Protection Agency action that was truly outrageous by almost any measure.

During Obama’s first term, the EPA overruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a water discharge permit for a surface mine in West Virginia. The veto was retroactive, occurring nearly four years after the Corps approved the permit.

Clearly, such action by any federal agency cannot be allowed to stand as a precedent. Imagine the consequences if any company in any industry began an economic development, poured money into it after receiving government approval – then, nearly four years later, was told, “no dice.”

For a long time, it appeared the EPA would get away with its abuse of government power.

But U.S. Supreme Court review of the case has become a lot more likely – because of action by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. He has led a bipartisan group of 27 states, also including Ohio, that has filed an amicus brief with the court, urging it to review the EPA ruling.

Good for Morrisey and officials of the other 26 states! Perhaps this united front will be the beginning of the end of the Obama administration’s severe abuses of government power over Americans.