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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., is urging Congress to drop Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that threaten coal.

He sent a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), expressing his opposition to the pending New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) regulation aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from future power plants and the forthcoming Greenhouse Gas (GHG) regulation for existing power plants.

“Americans have grave concerns about what these rules will mean to them. They worry about how the regulations will affect their jobs and their businesses. They worry about their ability to afford energy to heat their homes. They worry about reliability, and rightly so, particularly after a winter that saw electric generators having to rely substantially on coal-fired generation that is set to be retired in the coming months. They worry about national security and about international competitiveness,” wrote Rahall.

In his letter, Rahall called on the Administration not to advance its anticipated new rule on GHG emissions from existing plants and to reject the NSPS regulation for future power plants.

“All of this comes, admittedly, at a time when natural gas development is booming, making the price of that fuel particularly competitive,” Rahall continued. “But the agency simply cannot be allowed to paper over the fact that its own actions amount to a big, fat anti-coal thumb on the scale of economic competitiveness. This is a blatant instance of picking winners and losers in the marketplace.”