U.S. Senate panel to hold West Virginia hearing on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will conduct on March 23 a field hearing with an unusually state-specific focus, called the “Hearing to Examine Impacts of EPA’s Carbon Regulations in Coal-dependent West Virginia.”

The hearing will be held in Beckley, W.Va., in the heart of the state’s southern coalfield. The hearing will be conducted by freshman Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who had served as a U.S. house member for a number of years before being elected this past November to the Senate.

The field hearing will examine the impact of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan in this, the nation’s second largest coal-producing state, and will feature testimony from: attorney Eugene M. Trisko, speaking on behalf of the United Mine Workers of America union; Charles Patton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Appalachian Power, which is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP); and Chuck Farmer, President of coal mine services supplier Rouster WRR.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.