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Miners head to Washington for coal rally

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON — Miners from West Virginia, Virginia and other states are joining 30 members of Congress in Washington, D.C., to rally against regulatory polices they say are killing jobs in coal country.

Count on Coal's Rally for American Energy Jobs is Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol.

National Mining Association President Hal Quinn says the administration needs to hear from workers who produce the coal that creates 40 percent of the nation's electricity.

He says the Environmental Protection Agency is hosting listening sessions on power plant regulations, but in places where it's unlikely to hear from miners.

John Roeber of the Montana State Building and Construction Trades Council says policymakers are putting livelihoods at risk.

Ray Ventrone of Boilermakers Local 154 in Pittsburgh says coal jobs are part of Pennsylvania's history and culture.

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