Republican delegation opposes EPA coal regs

Published by Tracie Mauriello on .


Republican members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation are working to block new regulations to limit carbon emissions for new power plants.

In a letter yesterday, 12 Pennsylvania Republicans in Congress asked President Barack Obama to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing regulations the lawmakers said would discourage construction of new coal-fired power plants and the upgrading of existing ones.

The regulations “will adversely impact our state’s economy by unfairly hindering our single largest source of energy,” the lawmakers wrote.

The letter came just as an Ohio coal plant announced it would close and days after FirstEnergy announced it would close two plants in Pennsylvania’s Fayette and Washington counties.

Signing the letter were Sen. Pat Toomey of Lehigh, Lou Barletta of Hazleton, Charlie Dent of Allentown, Jim Gerlach of Chester, Mike Kelly of Butler, Tom Marino of Lycoming, Scott Perry of York, Joe Pitts of Lancaster, Keith Rothfus of Sewickley, Bill Shuster of Blair and Glen “G.T.” Thompson of Centre.

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