Environmental Protection Agency holds public hearing on clean power in Charleston

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- During a public hearing in West Virginia's capital city, coal miners and coal industry leaders were advocating for the EPA repeal the Clean Power Plan.

It's an Obama-era plan that requires states to make major cuts to greenhouse gas pollution created by electric power plants. The U.S. Supreme Court already blocked the plan; now the EPA is deciding whether or not to scrap the plan entirely.

The EPA listened to testimony from both people opposed to the Clean Power Plan and those in support on Tuesday at the West Virginia State Capitol.

"We're excited to get this feedback and move forward," EPA region 3 administrator Cosmo Servidio told WSAZ. West Virginia is part of Servidio's territory.

Public comment on the matter is open until January.

In addition to miners and coal industry advocates, local lawmakers were also at the public hearings Monday.

"It's important that we get this regulation completely off the books," West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said.

While several were there in support of the repeal, others were staunchly opposed. Environmentalists argue the plan can clean up the air.