After Coal Win, States Seek Similar Relief for Farms

Jun 30, 2015

They beat the EPA on coal, and now a group of state attorneys general hopes to score a similar victory on farming.

Attorneys general from nine states sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday over a new rule they say gives the federal government much more power to regulate farms and streams. The lawsuit comes one day after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked an EPA rule for coal-fired power plants.

A spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Agency did not comment on the lawsuit directly but said the rule was designed to protect people from unsafe drinking water.

The lawsuit will not be resolved for some time, but it will likely impact Kentucky's race for governor. This is the second time Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee, has sued President Barack Obama's administration. Obama is deeply unpopular in Kentucky.