UPDATE: Schimel says Wisconsin still mulling power plant options

UPDATED Tuesday, August 4, 2015---9:38 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says he is still considering what steps to take next in reaction to new Obama administration rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions at power plants.

Schimel told WTMJ-AM on Tuesday that Wisconsin will join a multi-state lawsuit likely led by West Virginia trying to block enforcement of the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

But Schimel says he is still deciding whether the state will just ignore the new requirements or submit an implementation plan in accordance with the Department of Justice's interpretation of the law.

Schimel says the mandates that require a reduction in emissions in Wisconsin of 41 percent by 2030 are not attainable. Gov. Scott Walker has been outspoken against the new restrictions and called on Schimel to file the lawsuit.

Copyright 2015: Associated Press


Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015 --- 4:29 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is telling President Barack Obama that his plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."

A Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, Walker says Wisconsin will not comply with the president's plan without "significant and meaningful changes." Obama's proposal is aimed at curbing the pollution blamed for global warming.

Walker said in a letter dated May 21 that the proposed rule was "riddled with inaccuracies" and "questionable assumptions" that made it unworkable for his state. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

Wisconsin is among 15 coal-reliant states that are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to block the so-called Clean Power Plan. The plan would require states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

Copyright: Associated Press 2015