WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 25, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) voted today to protect West Virginia families from the increased costs of President Obama’s destructive regulations on coal. H.R. 2042, The Ratepayer Protection Act, would delay the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on coal-fired power plants and allow states to opt-out of the rule if it threatens reliability and increases prices.
“The EPA’s power plant regulations are threatening our way of life in West Virginia. Families across the First District rely on affordable, reliable coal-fired power and the jobs this industry provides. West Virginians deserve better than the Obama Administration’s regulations that drive up prices and destroy jobs in pursuit of a radical environmental agenda,” said McKinley.
Earlier this month, Rep. McKinley authored a letter to Governor Tomblin encouraging him not to aid the EPA by refusing to draft an implementation plan. In March, the West Virginia Legislature passed a bill giving state legislators final approval of any plan intended to comply with the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan.”
“Today’s bipartisan legislation is one more way to protect consumers and businesses from the increased costs and unreliability which would result from the EPA’s new rules. We need to continue to fight Obama’s anti-coal policies in Congress, in the courts, and in the state,” McKinley said.