Rahall to Introduce Bill to Stop EPA Carbon Rule

Jun 2, 2014 Issues: Mining & Energy


Washington, D.C. – Today, as President Obama and the EPA announce a new proposed rule that would set caps on carbon emissions from existing power plants, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) announced that he will introduce legislation to stop it.  In true bipartisan, pro-West Virginia fashion, Rahall is working with Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to introduce legislation to terminate this new rule for existing power plants, along with the proposed rule for future power plants. In addition, to prevent some sleight of hand maneuver by the EPA, the bill will aim to block the issuance of similar rules for at least the next 5 years without Congressional approval.  

“We will introduce bipartisan legislation that will prevent these disastrous new rules from wreaking havoc on our economy in West Virginia,” said Rahall.  “There is a right way and a wrong way of doing things, and the Obama Administration has got it wrong once again.  This new regulation threatens our economy and does so with an apparent disregard for the livelihoods of our coal miners and thousands of families throughout West Virginia.”

Last week, Rahall took to the House floor to speak against the rule announced today.