Oppose New Federal EPA Coal Regulations
a State Capitol news conference this week, Senator Solobay was joined by
several Senate and House members, local elected officials, and a representative
of the Pennsylvania Coal Association to voice their opposition to new EPA
standards recently released by the Obama Administration.
standards, which the lawmakers argued are not attainable, would impose stricter
emissions regulations on coal-fired power plants.
has already announced its intentions to close the Hatfield Ferry Power Station
in Greene County and the Mitchell Power Station in Washington
the cost of complying with the new federal regulations.
officials stated that Pennsylvania is the fourth largest coal producer in the
country and there is enough coal in the commonwealth to power the entire United
States for 250 years.
Solobay lives in the largest coal-producing region in Pennsylvania and his
senate district includes the largest underground mine operation in
Pennsylvania. The Washington County
Democrat says he’s frustrated by the new federal EPA standards which he says
will have a negative impact on the coal industry in Pennsylvania and jeopardize
many good-paying jobs in the coal industry. He says “safety, security, and reliability of the power grid is
jeopardized by these regulations.”
members plan to ask the state attorney general to join a Class Action lawsuit
filed by at least a dozen other states in opposition to the new standards.
line is these elected officials believe the new federal standards could “kill
the coal industry” in Pennsylvania and other states.