McConnell, Rand Paul To Join Industry Rally Against EPA’s New Coal Rules

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Coal miners, industry officials and coal-country politicians plan to rally on Capitol Hill Tuesday against the EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants, the Hill’s E2Wire blog reported.

Industry group National Mining Association (NMA) is a primary organizer of the rally, according to the Washington Times. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are expected to attend, according to the Courier-Journal

Two House Science Committee panels will hold a hearing Tuesday on the proposed EPA power plant standarts, which will reiterate industry criticism that the standards would require new plants be built with technology not yet available, and therefore would effectively ban new plant construction.  

“The EPA is basing new facilities on technology that isn’t available today,” Hal Quinn, CEO of the National Mining Association (NMA), told reporters on a conference call Monday, E2Wire reported.