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UMWA applauds federal court rejection of EPA cross-state rule

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August 21, 2012
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[TRIANGLE, VA] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“The decision today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to throw out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) is welcome news. As a union representing workers directly affected by the lawsuit that was brought in opposition to CSAPR, the UMWA was a party to this case and believes the court made the right decision.

“This was an instance of EPA going too far, too fast. The court very clearly said that EPA cannot exceed its statutory authority. The agency cannot create new law. We believe that other recent regulations promulgated and proposed by EPA also suffer from this flaw.

“The UMWA shares the goal of cleaner air and a cleaner environment, while at the same time believing there is a way to achieve those goals without destroying an industry that is vital to our nation’s short- and long-term economic and energy security.

“Coal mining puts billions of dollars in the form of wages, benefits, taxes and vendor services into the economies of mostly rural, hard-pressed communities throughout the nation. This ruling provides a reprieve for those communities, and it is our hope that any future action on the part of EPA will finally take into account the full impact of its rulemaking on all concerned.”

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