FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is attacking the Obama administration for an EPA ruling that she says will cost coal mining jobs in Kentucky.
Grimes, seeking to replace Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, said Friday that she was "deeply disappointed" by the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to impose stricter limits on carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants.
Coal mining, a major industry in Kentucky, has become a central issue in the Senate race. McConnell has been a longtime critic of Obama administration policies impacting mining and has had widespread support from the industry over nearly three decades in the Senate. Grimes wants that support and has been aggressively courting industry leaders, several of whom provided financial backing in her successful run for secretary of state in 2011.