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TENNANT SUPPORTS BILL TO LIMIT EPA REGULATIONS ON COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS

U.S. Senate Candidate: ‘I will fight President Obama and anyone else who tries to undermine coal jobs’

(CHARLESTON, WV) – West Virginia Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Natalie Tennant is supporting legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today that would block President Obama’s plans to regulate emissions on new coal-fired power plants. Tennant strongly opposes the President’s regulations, which are based on technology that doesn’t exist and would hurt West Virginia jobs. 

“I will fight President Obama and anyone else who tries to undermine our coal jobs,” Tennant said. “Instead of attacking coal with regulations, we should be working together to invest in advanced coal technologies that will support coal jobs for years to come.”

Tennant supports investments in advanced-coal technology that will help coal remain a strong part of West Virginia’s economy into the future.  The bill Tennant supports would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use technology that has been in place for at least a year when setting carbon emissions standards.

Tennant has been critical of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for excluding West Virginia from the EPA’s ‘listening tour’ on the new regulations.  Tennant argues it’s disingenuous to hold a listening tour that excludes West Virginia because so many West Virginians, and their jobs, would be impacted by the new regulations.