Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012

Floor Speech

By:  Rick Berg
Date: Sept. 21, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BERG. I thank the gentleman for yielding and joining me in this amendment. I rise to support our amendment to ensure States continue to have control over regional haze regulations.

When Congress first established EPA's Regional Haze Program, it acknowledged that regional haze and visibility regulation has to do purely with aesthetic value and not public health. For that very reason, Congress emphasized that the States, not EPA, should be the decisionmakers when it comes to regulations of regional haze.

Instead of empowering States to do what's best for their citizens, the Obama administration has, again, imposed another costly one-size-fits-all regulation for the producers of energy, who are the most critical job creators in my State and across the country.

Our amendment will limit EPA's availability to override States' management of regional haze, and it empowers States to implement their own regional haze management plans, the plans that best fit their individual needs.

It's time to stop the war on coal, and I urge my colleagues to support our amendment on the underlying bill.

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