W. Va. Senators Introduce 'EPA Fair Play Act'
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on April 26, 2013 @ 7:28PM
Created on April 26, 2013 @ 6:11PM
"It's not acceptable. These kind of rulings are what stops our state from moving forward". That was the reaction from U.S. Senator Joe Machin when he learned about a ruling handed down from the U.S. Court of Appeals earlier this week.
On Tuesday they announced the environmental protection agency had the legal authority to veto permits for one of our state's largest mountaintop removal coal mines years after it had been approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Manchin along with U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller have introduced legislation to make sure that doesn't happen again.
They introduced the 'EPA Fair Play Act' just days after the ruling involving a case with Arch Coal and it's Spruce No. 1 mountaintop removal mining project in Logan County.
Essentially the act would stop the EPA from vetoing permits that have already been issued.
Manchin told 5 News that companies shouldn't have to go through that process and then have the rug pulled out from under them. He said he had to introduce this piece of legislation to create some stability for businesses looking to come to the Mountain State.
Manchin questioned how anyone looking to invest in the state could do that after Tuesday's decision.
"You think you've done everything that's asked of you and you've spent thousands of dollars and many years of time and you move forward and boom all of the sudden your told you can't do it," Manchin said.
Manchin and Rockefeller have the support from both Democratic and Republicans. However, Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito is expected to introduce similar legislation on Monday.
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