WASHINGTON - A joint resolution opposing proposed rules by the Environmental Protection Agency that could prevent new coal-fired power plants has been introduced by West Virginia congressmen.
House Joint Resolution 64 uses the Congressional Review Act where if a resolution of disapproval passes the House and Representatives and Senate and and is signed by the president, the rule would be overturned by, Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., said.
The Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed new power plants burning coal meet nearly the same emissions requirement as cleaner-burning natural gas. The standards are part of President Obama's initiative to reduce greenhouse gases.
"This new regulation is a ban on new coal-fired power plants because the EPA's standards on emissions cannot be met with commercially available technology," said Rep. McKinley. "Congress needs to stand up and prevent the EPA from this massive overreach which will put people out of work and lead to higher electric bills. This regulation will cost thousands of jobs."
At the Capitol Thursday morning, Reps. Nick Rahall and Shelley Capito, both of West Virginia, participated in a press conference with the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to denounce the new regulations.
"This administration cannot continue to boast of an 'all of the above' energy strategy, while its EPA works to undo one of those key energy sources, abundant, affordable domestic coal," Rahall said.
Rahall and McKinley introduced a Resolution of Disapproval Wednesday.