Congressman Rahall On New EPS Power Plant Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) Wednesday issued the following statement in response to the EPA’s new power plant emission standards:

"I have serious concerns about the new Clean Air rules being issued by EPA; in fact, I have voted in Congress to prevent their implementation in the near term. The rules are likely to drive up energy prices for American consumers and result in the loss of jobs for coal miners while doing nothing to address the growth in global emissions. It certainly makes more sense to me to be investing in American-made technologies to help American utilities upgrade to more efficient, cleaner ways of using domestic coal, rather than putting the rulemaking hammer to American plants and forcing our coal to be shipped overseas where emissions will be even greater. From the standpoint sufficiency of our energy supply and protection of our global atmosphere, we ought to be looking creatively at coal power, rather than instituting policies that force coal out of our energy sector.”

- Press Release from the Office of Congressman Nick Rahall

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