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Rahall: EPA barriers impacting highway progress

WASHINGTON (NEWS RELEASE) – U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall released the following statement regarding today's meeting with a West Virginia Democratic delegation and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

"I appreciate that Administrator McCarthy listened to the grave concerns we voiced today concerning the detrimental effects that EPA's regulatory actions are having on coal jobs and our economy in West Virginia. The Administrator's comments that coal is a vital part of our energy future are a source of some encouragement.  However, the proof will be in the pudding, and our delegation made abundantly clear that there must be greater equity between environmental goals and economic needs.

"I explained today that the regulatory barriers that EPA has erected with respect to permitting go well beyond coal mining and are now reaching across into highway construction.  Specifically, at issue for me right now is the future of the critical King Coal Highway, a road decades in the making and a post-mining economic development project that is vital to the well-being of West Virginians for generations to come.

"As long as the door remains open for productive conversation, as the Administrator has pledged, there may be an avenue to reach some balance." 

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