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Coal miners voice frustrations on EPA regulations

Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014, 01:00 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Hundreds of coal miners from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are voicing their frustrations about new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.
The new EPA regulation will affect coal fire plants everywhere.
On Thursday, the EPA will conduct public hearings on its new emissions regulations for existing coal fired plants. Pennsylvania Coal Alliance officials say the regulations are potentially killing an industry that is responsible for tens of thousands of jobs -- an impact of about $4 billion in Pennsylvania alone.
In cleaning the air, the EPA regulations will essentially eliminate coal as a power. Coal plants would shut down, or spend billions to abide by these regulations.
“All of our families are affected,” said Peter McDowell from Boilermaker Local 154. “If this job goes away, then our pensions go away. If it goes away, my healthcare goes away for my wife, my kids. It’s going to affect a lot of people. It’s not just going to affect me and my family, it’s going to affect a lot of Western Pennsylvanians, Ohioans, and West Virginians.”
Coal workers heard from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, as well as West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and a line of other government officials on Wednesday afternoon.

Coal miners voice frustrations on EPA regulations


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