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Utah Governor Questions Spending $2 Million to Challenge California’s Coal Policy

Associated Press:

Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that he’s not convinced Utah should spend taxpayer money to sue California over its extra tax on coal and that the $2 million estimate for private attorneys to handle the case seems “exorbitant.”

Herbert said he’s not clear what motivated Republican Rep. Mike Noel to propose pushing the state to challenge a California rule that charges utilities an extra $15 per megawatt hour to buy power from Utah’s coal-fired Intermountain Power Plant.

The rule is designed to reduce climate-changing gases and encourage cleaner energy use. Noel says California’s policy is hurting coal miners in his rural district and violates the U.S. Constitution.

Herbert suggested the coal industry, not Utah, foot the bill for the legal challenge.

The $2 million estimate from the Snell and Wilmer law firm includes nearly $1 million for expert witnesses and $125,000 for travel and other expenses for attorneys and witnesses.

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