by Michael Bastasch
The Daily Caller

The Environmental Protection Agency and politically connected activist groups have proposed a legal settlement that may ignore legal protections afforded to states under federal law and could force the closure of more coal-fired power plants across the country.

Environmentalists and EPA officials will likely hail the deal as a huge victory, but the details behind the legal settlement shows how states were cut out of the process as a deal was cut behind closed doors…

Emails released by the Energy & Environment Legal Institute suggest that the Sierra Club, the main plaintiff in the NAAQS case, enjoys a cozy relationship with EPA officials and may have used such coziness to shape federal regulations on the coal industry.

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