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West Virginia Chamber of Commerce rips EPA proposal on coal-fired plants

Sep. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Friday criticized the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules on new coal-fired power plants.

News reports indicate the new rules, scheduled to be released next week, will prohibit new coal-using power plants from being brought on line.

"President Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency are determined to acquiesce to the demands of the nation's most fringe environmental organizations," West Virginia Chamber President Steve Roberts stated in a news release. "These new proposals are coming after leading West Virginia Democrats visited his administration and spoke directly to Gina McCarthy, the new EPA administrator."

Roberts noted that the changes will lead to higher prices and a less competitive business environment.

"While China and India are realizing the economic revitalization potential of coal-using power plants and bringing them online at a rapid pace, President Obama seems to believe that the world's climate begins and ends at America's border," Roberts said.