Nov 5, 2015 9:26 AM

NH, Maine, Vermont join legal battle on behalf of EPA

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont are joining a coalition of 25 states, cities and counties in defending the Environmental Protection Agency's "Clean Power Plan" against a legal challenge.

Several states are challenging the EPA rule requiring fossil-fired power plants to cut emissions, and the coalition has filed a motion to intervene in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says the region bears a burden of pollution flowing from coal-fired plants to the west. She said the pollution also contributes to mercury in fish.

More than 20 other states are fighting the EPA's rules. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called it "an unprecedented attack on coal."

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