LEXINGTON, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Below are statements from officials with the Kentucky Coal Association, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Commerce Lexington regarding this morning’s announcement by the EPA of its New Source Performance Standards, or NSPS.
In addition to the statement below, Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett is available for interview. If you would like to speak with Mr. Bissett, please contact Tres Watson at 859-803-0447 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statement of Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett:
“Coal is a critical part of our state’s economy in both production and the generation of more than 90% of our electricity. For several years, the Obama Administration has pursued policies that have contributed to the loss of thousands of direct coal-mining jobs in Eastern Kentucky. Now in its second term, this administration has now targeted the use of coal, which greatly damages our domestic market for Kentucky coal. These new EPA rules are a threat to Kentucky’s ability to maintain and create jobs, as well as power our homes and businesses. It demonstrates once again that Washington regulators don’t appreciate the importance of coal to Kentucky and the United States.”
Statement of Dave Adkisson, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce:
“The announcement today by EPA is yet another costly blow to Kentucky. The proposal will have a devastating impact on Kentucky’s energy intensive manufacturing base like auto manufacturers, aluminum smelters and paper mills and could ultimately force Kentucky jobs overseas.
“It also appears no thought was given to the social impact of the announcement - this will increase utility bills for the elderly, who can least afford it, and our schools, meaning less money to actually educate our children in the classroom.”
Statement of Robert L. Quick, President and CEO of Commerce Lexington, Inc. which is the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce:
“Coal powers Kentucky’s economy, whether it’s through good-paying jobs mining and transporting it, or through manufacturers who can compete in the global marketplace thanks to affordable, reliable coal-fired electricity. The EPA’s decision will have the effect of preventing the construction of new coal plants, which will directly and indirectly have detrimental consequences for Kentucky’s economy and businesses and households across the Commonwealth. We will continue to support the Kentucky Coal Association and the Count on Coal campaign to keep coal part of the energy portfolio within the United States.”