Clean Power Plan

Ohioans testify on proposed repeal of Clean Power Plan at West Virginia hearing

Haley Staudmyer, 18, of Pickerington High School North, waits to board the bus that took her to Charleston, W.Va., on Tuesday to testify in the Environmental Protection Agency’s only public hearing on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. About 50 Ohioans from Columbus, Athens and Cleveland testified at the hearing. [Courtney Hergesheimer/Dispatch]

CHARLESTON, WV — “A Pickerington high school senior shared the stage with powerful Ohio coal magnates Tuesday in the only opportunity the public has to formally voice their opinion about the Clean Power Plan.

About 270 people registered to testify at the two-day public hearing that began Tuesday in the heart of coal country in Charleston, West Virginia.

There, everyone from coal miners in full uniform to mothers of asthmatic children weighed in on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

Proponents of the Obama-era rule aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants say it’s commonsense public health protection, a solution to climate change and investment in clean energy. The EPA and the coal industry have cast the plan as the epitome of far-reaching, job-killing regulation.

Four slots on Tuesday’s docket were reserved for St. Clairsville-based Murray Energy Corp. which, with its subsidiaries, represents Ohio’s largest coal producer.”

— Marion Renault, Columbus Dispatch

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