Rockefeller joins call for EPA CO2 session in coal country

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has joined the list of coal state lawmakers to publicly urge U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to convene a session in West Virginia to take input on proposed carbon dioxide (CO2) limits for power plants.

“You have previously indicated that you would come to West Virginia to listen to the concerns of our communities about the impact of these regulations,” Rockefeller said in a Nov. 14 letter. “I believe that a frank and open discussion about these issues is necessary and would greatly benefit and inform all stakeholders,” the West Virginia Democrat wrote.

“In West Virginia, 96% of our energy needs are met by coal and over 26,000 individuals are employed by the coal industry in the state,” Rockefeller said.

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