U.S. Senator Jim Bunning has introduced legislation to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) attempts to regulate the coal mining industry out of business. Senator Bunning's bill, S. 3933, is the companion bill to legislation introduced by Congressman Hal Rogers in the House of Representatives.
"I want to thank Congressman Rogers for leading the way in the fight to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's effort to put Kentucky's coal miners out of business," said Bunning. "I am proud to introduce S. 3933 in order to ensure that our coal miners in Kentucky keep their jobs and our coal industry continues to flourish as a driving force for the Commonwealth's economy.
"The repeated attempts by Washington bureaucrats to unfairly regulate coal is hurting our ability to tap into one of our nation's most important domestic energy sources and threatening the jobs of workers struggling to put food on the table for their families. My legislation would address this government overreach and make sure our miners have a fighting chance against the anti-coal Washington elitists."
The legislation introduced by Senator Bunning and Congressman Rogers would prohibit the EPA from executing new regulatory guidance until going through the formal rule-making process, thus allowing for appropriate public comment and discourse. This legislation was prompted by the EPA's recently implemented standards for surface mining in six Appalachian states which have caused significant barriers and delays in issuing job-creating coal mining permits.