EPA Blocking Legal Challenges to Power-Plant Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency is dragging its feet and holding up court challenges to new carbon regulations, 14 states charged Wednesday as the legal battle over President Obama’s climate-change agenda heats up across the country.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, along with officials in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Kentucky and other states, filed federal Freedom of Information Act requests Wednesday to find out why the EPA has yet to publish the so-called Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register.

The plan — which limits carbon emissions from U.S. power plants and will raise electricity rates for most Americans, federal data show — was finalized in early August.

More than two months later, it has yet to be published in the Federal Register, and that delay is preventing states from mounting legal challenges to the plan, Mr. Morrisey and others say.