Bills blasting EPA advance in Wyoming Legislature

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Wyoming lawmakers are weighing bills aimed at reining in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as many in the state accuse the federal agency of waging a war on coal.

The House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee on Monday advanced a joint resolution that would call on Congress to require the EPA to respect the state's primacy in setting guidelines to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.

The committee also endorsed another bill that would authorize Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael to take legal action against the EPA in any venue if he believes the federal agency is exceeding its authority.

Wyoming is the largest coal producing state and is facing off against the EPA on a range of issues regarding federal air quality regulations.

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