Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released the following statement regarding the EPA's announcement that it will appeal the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia's decision to overrule the EPA's veto of the Spruce Mine's Clean Water Act permit:
"Clearly the EPA and the Administration will stop at nothing in their pursuit to advance a radical anti-coal agenda. The Courts have been very clear in their decision to overrule the EPA's veto of the Spruce Mind Permit--federal agencies cannot regulate where they can't legislate. But the EPA won't take no for an answer, and now the agency is spending more time and money to shut down mining jobs in Appalachia.
"The fact that the DC Court's decision stated that the EPA's veto of the Spruce Mine permit was "unprecedented' and it acted in a manner that was "arbitrary, capricious, and not in accordance with law...' could not be a clearer sign that West Virginians have been unnecessarily subjected to an overreach of federal power.
"There has to be a middle ground here to honor our resources and allow miners to put food on the table. The United States--and especially West Virginia--is blessed to have abundant natural resources including coal, natural gas and oil. But this becomes irrelevant if the Administration continues to hold these domestic resources hostage and refusing to expand production and supply to keep energy prices low and America competitive."
Capito is a Senior Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which has jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act. She is co-founder of the Congressional Coal Caucus.