ACCCE Urges Close Look at EPA's Expensive, Job Destroying Regulation

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hearing draws attention to EPA’s Utility MACT regulation as a contributing factor in coal plant closings

WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety holds a hearing to review EPA’s Utility MACT rule, President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity Steve Miller released the following statement:

“The EPA’s heavy-handed regulations are forcing coal plants across the country to close, which will result in job losses, higher electricity prices and a less reliable electric grid. In many communities, shuttering these plants will also result in fewer local tax dollars, hurting schools and other public services.

“Recently finalized EPA rules and regulations, including EPA’s Utility MACT rule, are a contributing factor in the announced closure of more than 140 coal units in 20 states. Closing these plants that provide good jobs and tax dollars to local communities is counterproductive to our national goal of reducing unemployment and helping our economy recover.

“We urge the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety to take a serious look at how EPA’s heavy-handed agenda is hurting our families, communities, and businesses with higher energy costs and job losses.”