West Virginia Coal Could Be in Danger
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 21, 2013 @ 11:57PM
Created on September 21, 2013 @ 11:50PM
On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal that would limit the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.
Coal-fired plants will not meet the new standards unless they make drastic changes, this would be a major step towards cleaner air, but would obviously negatively affect the employment of many people across the Mountain State.
Tim Miley, a Democratic Politician said, "Obviously, we here in the state oppose Obama's policy on coal because quite frankly, whether you support coal or you don't support coal, coal is a vital piece of our financial puzzle here in West Virginia, and it provides a significant amount of financial base. It employs a great deal of people in the North Central part of the state, as well as the southern coal fields."
As of right now, President Obama has urged the agency to set a standard by June that would then be finalized by 2015.
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