Today, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released the following statement in response to the Senate's failure to adopt a resolution to direct the EPA to reconsider how it regulates emissions from power plants. The Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule is the most expensive rule that the EPA has ever imposed on the electric industry:
"This is a missed opportunity for the Senate to finally direct the EPA to reconsider its disastrous approach to regulating power plant emissions. As a West Virginian, I am proud of our legacy of balancing environmental concerns with creating jobs and keeping energy prices low. I am also proud that our state quite literally powers America. The Administration and the EPA, however, have upset this balance and now thousands of jobs are at stake. All we're asking for is balance, but the EPA will stop at nothing until it severely cripples the coal industry."
SITTING IN THE SENATE:Capito is an original cosponsor of the TRAIN Act (The Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts to the Nation) which would require an interagency committee to analyze the cumulative economic impacts of certain environmental regulations in an effort to better understand how these policies affect American manufacturing, global competitiveness, energy prices and jobs. The TRAIN Act would also delay the final date for both the Utility MACT and CSAPR rules until the interagency committee finishes its work. The TRAIN Act passed the House and is awaiting consideration in the U.S. Senate.
Earlier this month, Capito sent a letter to Senators Rockefeller and Manchin urging them to support the resolution of disapproval.