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Video produced by power cooperative highlights struggles of coal industry

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - A new video produced by a power cooperative that serves thousands of people in Eastern Kentucky takes aim at regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials with East Kentucky Power Cooperative said they made the mini-documentary in an effort to stand up for customers.

The video is called "The People at the End of the Lines" and lasts about 12 and a half minutes.

"As a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative, our priority is our members who are those people who pay their electric bill every month," co-op spokesman Nick Comer said. "And we want to advocate on their behalf."

Filmmakers shot most of the video in Clay County, where losses in the coal industry have hurt the local economy.

Jacquelyn Detherage, a local business owner, says in the video, "I wish the people that has done this to the coal business would realize how bad they have really hurt this community and the surrounding communities."

People interviewed in the film blame their financial hardships on the EPA overregulating the coal industry.

Earlier this month, EPA officials proposed rules that would require the country's power plants to reduce their carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next 15 years. Many of those plants burn coal and could be forced to rely more on other sources of energy.

The regulations are part of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan to reduce the type of pollution blamed by many scientists for global warming.

The video ends by urging people to let their voice be heard and send a message to the EPA.

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