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Rep. McKinley: Revised EPA Regulations Aimed at Killing American Coal

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Today, Rep. David B. McKinley reacted to revised regulations on new power plants just released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will effectively stop any new coal-fired plants from being built.

"The Obama Administration and EPA have imposed revised regulations on new coal-fired power plants that, simply put, cannot be achieved," said Rep. McKinley. "The technology required by this rule is not commercially viable. Even the EPA has admitted this."

"Despite that, the EPA is moving forward with a regulation that will eventually remove the largest source of America's electricity," added McKinley. "This will lead to higher electricity costs for millions and thousands of lost jobs."

"At the same time his EPA is imposing these new standards, President Obama has slashed research money for clean coal technology in his budget," said Rep. McKinley. "This continues to be another manifestation of this administration's war on coal," said Rep. McKinley.

"Regulations based on ideology and imposing standards on coal plants that they admit can't be achieved is not fair," added McKinley. "As a result of these extensive regulations, manufacturers will continue to locate elsewhere where energy costs are more affordable and dependable; and Americans can expect to pay more for their electric bills."


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