Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement after learning First Energy Corporation will close three of its West Virginia coal-fired power plants this year, affecting 105 workers and their families, due to strict federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
"This is another example of how the EPA is costing us good jobs in West Virginia and throughout Appalachia," Gov. Tomblin said. "When the EPA adopts regulations they continue to fail to take into account the real-life effects these rules have on hard working Americans like those who have dedicated themselves to First Energy at the West Virginia locations. I urge the EPA to respectfully and accurately review the entire impact of their decisions--from environmental to economical-- because individuals, families and communities are forever changed by their short-sighted decisions."