Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency can revoke the permit for a mountaintop mine in West Virginia:
"I was extremely disappointed and troubled by yesterday's federal appeals court ruling, which overturned the decision of a lower court that found that the EPA does not have the power to retroactively veto permits. I am also very concerned that this ruling may set a precedent with a very slippery slope, one that allows the EPA to revoke any permit that was thoroughly reviewed and properly issued by another authorized federal agency. I hope this important case ends up before the Supreme Court, and that they recognize how the EPA grossly overstepped its authority," said Bill Johnson.
Bill Johnson added, "The Obama Administration and the EPA continually push their detrimental War on Coal on the American people, and this permit revocation is just another in a long line of examples. Instead of constantly throwing up roadblocks, I call on the administration to work with those who support domestic energy development (which brings much needed jobs), and also help lower the rising utility prices being forced on the hardworking people I represent in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio."