Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that Missouri has sued the Obama Administration over regulations that will drive energy costs up for Missouri families. The suit alleges that regulations promulgated by the Department of the Interior on December 20, 2016 affecting coal mining overstep agency authority and violate federal law.
“The Obama Administration has no authority to issue these regulations,” Hawley said. “They will drive up the cost of energy for Missouri families and hurt Missouri workers. I promised to protect working families in our state, and I will.”
The suit, Ohio et al v. Department of the Interior, claims that the regulations promulgated by the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement exceed the office’s statutory authority and violate Missouri’s prerogatives under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.
“These draconian regulations by the Obama Administration are exactly the kind of federal overreach that is holding Missouri’s economy back. They are contrary to law. And this office will fight them to defend the people of Missouri,” Hawley said.