Congressman Bill Shuster is greatly disappointed that PBS Coals is forced to idle some of its mines and layoff 225 of its employees in Somerset. PBS had to make this tough decision because of strangulating U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, as well as a softening demand for coal.
"This is just another example of the real word consequences of this Administration's expansive, job crushing regulations over energy production, especially the coal industry. The EPA and other agencies are making coal mining and coal-fired electricity generation more difficult and costly. As a result, plants and mines will be forced to close and thousands of hard working Pennsylvanians will be put out of work."
"The EPA is completely out of control. In Congress, Republicans have been pushing back on the EPA. We will not allow them to continue to try to shut down the coal industry, cause the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, and increase our citizens' energy costs," said Shuster.