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SENATORS URGE WHITE HOUSE TO PROTECT COAL PLANTS FROM OVERREACHING EPA REGULATIONS

Senators Manchin, Donnelly, Heitkamp and Landrieu sent a letter to the White House urging the President to amend EPA rule in order to prevent an effective ban on the construction of new coal-fired power plants

Monday, March 18, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) sent a letter to the White House last Thursday urging that the Administration amend the proposed EPA new source performance standard (NSPS) regulations. As drafted, EPA’s regulations for new fossil fuel-based power plants would effectively ban any new coal-fired plants from being built in the U.S. The proposed regulation would require new coal-fueled power plants to meet the same emissions standards as new gas-fired plants.

“EPA’s choice to hold coal and gas to the same emission standard is unprecedented under the Clean Air Act, and is yet another example of EPA overreach by the Obama Administration,” Senator Manchin said. “Not only would this rule have a devastating effect on our coal production, this rule would endanger the reliability and sustainability of our electricity supply.”

“This unprecedented proposal from the Obama Administration would put the future of Indiana coal and the low-cost, reliable energy that our manufacturers depend on in doubt. As our economic recovery continues, it is absolutely critical that the President understands the impact of such a decision and the price this regulation would ask Hoosiers to pay. I urge the EPA to reconsider,” Senator Donnelly said.

“This plan by the EPA would thwart efforts to build new, more efficient, cleaner burning, coal-fueled American power plants and modernize current facilities. We need to encourage, not discourage, innovation in the coal industry and the development of American energy, which provides good-paying jobs and helps us lessen our dependence on foreign fuel,” Senator Heitkamp said.

“I believe it is vital that we maintain a diverse mix of energy sources,” Senator Landrieu said. “The pursuit of this ‘all of the above’ energy strategy is the best way to move our country forward, and as part of this, I support the responsible use of resources like coal. The EPA’s proposal unfairly targets the coal industry and I strongly urge them to amend this overreach.” 

The Senators wrote a letter to the White House urging them to revise the EPA’s rule and return to using different emission standards for gas and coal, a system that has worked for decades. To view the letter, click here.

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