People on both sides asked for things they likely can't have, Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette-Mail: "Coal industry officials and regional political leaders spoke hopefully of a major resurgence in mining, a development most experts agree won’t happen, even with . . . carbon-pollution rules eliminated. Environmental groups, public-health officials and citizens asked the EPA not to repeal the Obama administration’s greenhouse limits, a move that is also highly unlikely, given President Donald Trump’s repeated promises to kill his predecessor’s signature climate change initiative."
|Dozens of Murray Energy miners attended.|
(New York Times photo by Mark Trent.)
"Scott Segal, the head of the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, said the CPP is expensive and illegal because it requires some utilities to reduce emissions “beyond the fence line” or far away from the power plants themselves," Kara Van Pelt reports for Reuters.
Environmental groups and other defenders of the CPP held their own event nearby at the University of Charleston. Ben Levitan of the Environmental Defense Fund, Liz Perera of the Sierra Club and Lindsay Pace of the Moms Clean Air Force spoke about the importance of reducing greenhouse gases to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Proponents of the CPP also spoke up at the EPA hearing, Schwartz notes. Retired Kentucky coal miner and activist Stanley Sturgill, who has black lung disease, testified that repealing the CPP was "immoral and indefensible. . . . We're dying, literally dying, for you to help us."
"EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio said that the agency hasn’t yet decided whether it will schedule additional public hearings, and also hasn’t set a timeline for announcing what kind of replacement rule it will propose to meet the legal requirement — kicked in by a 2009 finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare — that it take some steps to address the issue," Ward reports.