RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Ken Cuccinelli is in Virginia coal country proposing cuts to taxes and regulations on energy to stimulate its growth in the state if he's elected governor this year.
He also says he'd compel the state's ecological watchdog agency, the Department of Environmental Quality, to cushion adverse environmental findings about pending infrastructure projects with "positive indirect results" such as job creation or reduced congestion.
The conservative attorney general's vision of the future also evokes his own recent past. He says he'll oppose federal overreach on energy and environmental policy such as the Environmental Protection Agency's bid to treat water runoff as a pollutant.
Cuccinelli won a federal court challenge in January against the EPA in a case involving drainage rights in Fairfax County. A judge ruled storm runoff isn't pollution.