EPA rules would harm WV business - WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

EPA rules would harm WV business

Posted: Updated:
  • ColumnsMore>>

  • When you think you know everything, check online

    When you think you know everything, check online

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:00:22 GMT
    So, I’m strolling down Capitol Street in Charleston, taking in the joyous FestivALL celebration when I notice a pair of young boys smirking at my T-shirt.
    So, I’m strolling down Capitol Street in Charleston, taking in the joyous FestivALL celebration when I notice a pair of young boys smirking at my T-shirt.
  • Solving those devil-dog, double-word problems

    Solving those devil-dog, double-word problems

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:00:23 GMT
    Let’s play a word game. You will find the answers at the end, but if you cheat when playing Scrabble (as I do), you might cheat now. Of course, then, you would miss the fun of playing.
    Let’s play a word game. You will find the answers at the end, but if you cheat when playing Scrabble (as I do), you might cheat now. Of course, then, you would miss the fun of playing.
  • When not to resist the temptation of a ‘do not touch’ warning

    When not to resist the temptation of a ‘do not touch’ warning

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:00:27 GMT
    There is a button on my computer that the salesman told me never to push. It is there to “revert back to factory settings.”
    There is a button on my computer that the salesman told me never to push. It is there to “revert back to factory settings.”

Jan Vineyard
Chairwoman 
West Virginia Business & Industry Council
Charleston

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued rules that, if implemented, would effectively put an end to the construction of new coal-fired power plants in this country.  Called greenhouse gas new source performance standards, these rules set a low threshold on carbon emissions that even the most modern coal-fired power plant cannot meet.

As a state and country, we need diversity in the mix of fuels that provide electricity to our homes and businesses.  Taking coal – or any fuel – out of the generation mix puts us at a disadvantage and more susceptible to price fluctuations.

These regulations could also lead to a further decline in the use of West Virginia-produced coal and with that, an erosion of our job market and economy.

Coal-based power plants being built today are more energy efficient and 70 to 90 percent cleaner than the plants they replace.  These advances and cleaner coal burning technologies will allow America to take advantage of its huge coal reserves while reducing emissions and providing the nation with affordable, reliable electricity.

The West Virginia Business & Industry Council appreciates the efforts by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and our congressional delegation to urge EPA to amend these rules to allow all fuel sources in America's power generation mix.