The Ohio and West Virginia Coal Associations are speaking-out against new EPA regulations on coal-fired power plants.
"EPA's proposal today is unprecedented in its reach, cost and complexity. EPA's carbon regulations are going to cause serious harm to the US economy, raising energy prices and costing jobs, as many as 178-thousand jobs lost per year," said Christian Palich, Govt. Affairs Mgr. with the OH Coal Assoc.
"For all of those who worked last night and are working today, keep the lights on and return home safely because that's what this is about. This rule is bad. It's bad for West Virginia, it's bad for our coal miners, and it's bad for our coal industry," said Bill Raney, president of the WV Coal Assoc.
A lot of local communities are also paying close attention to what's happening in Washington.
Not far from the Muskingum River Plant in Waterford, one man tells WTAP news he supports some regulations, but worries what it could mean for the region.
"It's good to try and cut down on the emissions. Yes, I understand that but as far as regulating them or shutting them down, it just makes the community suffer. Already, they've laid off or relocated 100-people up here at the power plant. That's 100-people who aren't here any more," said Richard Waters of Beverly.
Someone else who we spoke with lives two miles from the plant. She says she supports regulations. Partly, because she's constantly cleaning soot off her property. She thinks it's coming from the plant.
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