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By JONATHAN MATTISE
Associated Press

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) - A Senate panel has visited southern West Virginia to hear wide-ranging testimony about the Clean Power Plan's impact on the hard-hit, coal-producing region.

Addressing the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee Wednesday in Logan, laid-off coal miner Jimmy Dale "Bo" Copley II cried while discussing coal's tailspin. Several speakers voiced opposition to federal regulations that limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants to stem climate change.

James Van Nostrand of the West Virginia University College of Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development said natural gas overwhelmingly drives coal's downturn. He said the state does nothing to promote a renewable energy-focused future.

Subcommittee chairwoman Sen. Shelley Moore Capito led the hearing. The regulations are temporarily stalled in court.

Sen. Joe Manchin and Congressman Evan Jenkins were the only other congressional participants.

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