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UMWA lauds W.Va. House resolution regarding EPA

March 4, 2014
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[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“The UMWA strongly supports the resolution passed unanimously yesterday by the West Virginia House of Delegates urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the specific circumstances in West Virginia and other coal-producing states as it formulates rules governing carbon dioxide emissions.

“West Virginia alone lost 10,000 coal jobs over the last two years, and Kentucky lost another 6,000, dropping to its lowest level of coal employment since 1927. That doesn’t include the workers in jobs that depend on the coal industry, such as service industry workers, health care workers, restaurant workers, utility workers, electrical workers, boilermakers and railroad workers, and the retirees they support.

“Rather than base its regulations on carbon capture technologies that may exist in the future, the EPA should take an approach reflecting the real-world impact its rules will have on coalfield communities today.”

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