Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02) released the following statement today condemning a federal appeals court's ruling in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The court upheld the EPA's decision to retroactively veto a Clean Water Act permit for one of West Virginia's largest mountaintop removal coal mines years after it was issued.
"Today's federal appeals court ruling further highlights what Congress is up against in President Obama's war on coal. Unfortunately, the decision was the wrong one and will deeply affect hardworking West Virginians. The Environmental Protection Agency has continued to overstep its bounds in its efforts to implement the president's anti-energy policies. Not only will this ruling cost West Virginians hundreds of jobs, but it begs the question: Who is safe? If the EPA can take back a permit from a coal mine in West Virginia, they can do the same to any business in America.
"I will continue to fight tooth and nail with this administration on its job-killing policies and I condemn the court's devastatingly misguided decision."