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Union Workers head to EPA public meeting by the busload

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- More than a dozen buses took off early Thursday morning from the Ohio Valley Mall as hundreds, perhaps thousands, of union workers headed to Pittsburgh to send a message to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to kill their jobs.
It's another rally, aimed at sending a message to the EPA on strict new regulations some believe could have a crippling effect on the coal industry.
Their mission?
 “To get the EPA to back off and realize what they’re doing,” said Chester Truchan. “If they shut the coal mines down, none of us will be able to afford electricity."
To people like Steven Gazdik, it's a matter of saving the way they put food on the table.
"We need jobs,” he said. “We don’t need people laid off. We need to keep our health plan that we fought for all of these years."
Thursday’s rally was expected to have around 5,000 people attending. Mine workers have traveled with the families from eight states to make their opinion known.

Union Workers head to EPA public meeting by the busload


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