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Rogers demands answers from EPA administrator

By: Neil Middleton
By: Neil Middleton

5th District Congressman Hal Rogers put the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on the hot seat today. Rogers said the EPA is headed in the “wrong direction” and has taken “dead aim at coal."

5th District Congressman Hal Rogers put the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on the hot seat today.

 

Roger’s questioned the EPA’s requested $9 billion budget, the agencies third highest in history.  Rogers said the agency’s actions in the last two years do not “align with our important goals of creating jobs and opportunity.”

 

Rogers said the EPA is headed in the “wrong direction” and has taken “dead aim at coal”, approving only six out of 190 mining permit applications since June 2009.

 

“EPA is running absolutely roughshod over our country’s small businesses, the very engines that propel our economy forward. “

 

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson defended the agency’s actions saying they were “working very diligently on those permit requests.”

 

“This is about clean water and impacts on waters, and sir, I have to say this is not unscientific at all.   It’s the result of peer review studies that have gone through both the EPA Scientific Advisory Board and independent scientist who agreed that without intervention there would be irreversible harms to waterways in the region.”

 

Coal mining provides 20,000 high paying jobs in Kentucky and supplies more than 50 percent of the nation’s power.

 

 

Congressman Rogers questions head of EPA

 

 

 

 

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