Southern States Energy Board drafts resolution supporting coal

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BILOXI, Miss. (WYMT) - A group of lawmakers from 16 southern states this week created a resolution supporting the coal industry.

Members of the Southern States Energy Board at their annual meeting passed the resolution, which asks the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider new regulations on coal-fired power plants.

"The regulations that were handed down...there's not technology that will allow new coal-fired power plants to meet the standards that the EPA is trying to pass and put in place," said Rep. Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook.

Adkins is also the vice chair of the SSEB and majority floor leader of the Kentucky House.

The resolution should get President Obama's attention, Adkins said.

"Will it have a difference? I can't really answer that," he said. "I am hopeful that it will."

Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett said, "What's important to realize is about one fourth of Kentucky's coal production stays in Kentucky the rest of it goes to the southeastern United States which are mostly manufacturing states. So this resolution is important. I think it shows a commitment to our (coal) industry."

Supporters of the EPA regulations argue they are necessary to ensure clean air and water and prevent the effects of global warming.


The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to consider whether the EPA over stepped its authority in developing those regulations on power plants.

The case will be argued in early 2014.

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