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MAKE MINING’S VOICE HEARD!

Next week, the EPA is set to finalize the “Utility MACT” rule, by far the largest job-destroying Economic Train Wreck regulation that will raise energy prices nationwide and cost communities across the country high-paying jobs.   
EPA needs to reconsider its approach to the Utility MACT rule as well as the various EPA Train Wreck regulations threatening America‘s mining industry. Our nation’s electric reliability and our ability to create jobs & grow our economy during the economic downturn is at risk.  

 

According to the North American Reliability Corporation,  EPA is“triggering ‘an unprecedented resource-mix change,’ with utilities switching to natural gas from coal…” NERC predicts another 36 to 59 gigawatts of power will go offline by 2018.” That could mean the loss of a quarter of all coal-fired capacity.

Furthermore, “the nation’s power grid will be stressed in ways never before experienced and reliability depends on building new power plants to cover the losses.” But the electric industry has only three years to comply under one EPA regulation known as the utility rule, which is meant to target mercury and is due to be finalized soon, while many other destructive rules are in the works.”

 

To justify these disastrous economic consequences, EPA’s is arguing these rules are necessary to protect public health, but studies have shown the Utility MACT rule will provide very little in terms of health benefits while imposing substantial costs on American consumers.

We need you to contact Congress and urge them to stop EPA’s new rule. During this current economic downturn, Congress needs to ensure any new regulations protect consumers, help create high-paying American jobs and make sure America has access to reliable and affordable electricity. 

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