NC state lawmaker offers plan to delay action on EPA rules

JOHN MORITZ, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina senator has introduced a plan to block state agencies from acting on expected Environmental Protection Agency rules to curb emissions from power plants until the rules make it through expected long legal challenges.

Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, took action Wednesday against the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which was announced by the Obama administration last year. It's expected to require states to develop their own plans to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent of 2005 levels. A final version of the plan is expected next month.

A Senate committee approved the proposal after Wade and other Republicans expressed concerns about providing funding and government resources to a plan that will likely face tough legal battles that could last years.