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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- More than 2,000 union workers and others organized by the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia joined top elected officials Wednesday to rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.

The rally came a day before the Environmental Protection Agency holds more public hearings inn Pittsburgh. It says its proposed regulations will cut carbon pollution 30 percent by the year 2030. Hearings were held in Atlanta, Denver and Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Gov. Tom Corbett, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor contend that the regulations will drive up electricity prices and cut energy jobs, all to reach goals that aren't attainable.

"We don't have the technology today to be able to burn the coal they way that they're proposing," said Tomblin, a Democrat. "We're just simply asking that they back off, work with the states, so that we can come to a compromise, so we can keep you coal miners working, so we can keep this country working."

Corbett, governor of the fourth-largest coal-producing state in the country, argued that "clean coal" technologies already developed by energy companies should be given a chance to further cut pollution.

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