The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 21 passed H.R. 3409, called the "Stop the War on Coal Act," by a vote of 233 to 175.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee said the legislative package passed the full House with bipartisan support. The package, sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), includes measures advanced by the Energy and Commerce Committee, such as the Energy Tax Prevention Act, the TRAIN Act, and the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act.
“Coal is the cornerstone of our economy – estimates suggest that every mining job creates an additional 3.5 jobs. We are electricity independent – and we want to stay that way,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.).
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) praised the passage of the package.
“The EPA’s war on coal is threatening more than 1.5 million jobs, many of which are in Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania,” said ACCCE president and CEO Mike Duncan.
A new analysis released Sept. 18 by the ACCCE found that 204 coal-fired units nationally could be closed due, in part, to regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The units are spread across 25 states and represent 31,000 MW of electric generating capacity.
“The EPA’s outright assault on coal is having a destructive effect on our economy, and we will likely see more and more coal-fired power plants closed and more mining operations shut down due to EPA’s outrageous expansion of regulations,” said Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky).
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