Congressman hammers EPA officials

Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers hammered Environmental Protection Agency officials again Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Rogers and other Kentucky legislators have raised concerns about the EPA's role in the coal industry.

During the meeting in D.C., Rogers asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to name one permit which has been accepted in recent months, but she said she did not have that information.

“I know you can't because there has not been any. And I've got people looking for work. Out of work. And I can't understand how you can sit there and not know details of this magnitude to a whole section of the country. It's not just Kentucky it's all of Appalachia. It's not Colorado, it's not Wyoming, it's not just western coal it's just Appalachian coal. What's wrong with us why can't we be treated like everybody else,” Rogers said.

Rogers comments come in the wake of an October ruling which affirmed that permits must be issued in a timely manner and without reasonable interference from the EPA.

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