“Washington saw the FACES and heard the Voices of Coal—America’s coal miners, their families and strong and united coal communities that supply nearly half of our nation’s electricity—at a rally on the U.S. Capitol grounds. They called for action, rather than continued delay, on mining permits needed to keep them on the job and to continue providing American businesses and households the affordable and reliable energy we all need.
“Rep. Hal Rogers and his bi-partisan group of co-sponsors have answered that call with legislation that will end the EPA’s energy and jobs moratorium. Permits delayed are jobs denied. H.R. 6113 would stop the EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Office of Surface Management from implementing the EPA’s permitting guidance, which violates numerous federal laws and is based on bad science. To date, the guidance has halted action on nearly 200 permits and affected thousands of coal mining and coal-dependent jobs. The mining community applauds the actions taken today by these House members, and we call upon their colleagues to join in support of a lawful and science-based process will keep Americans on the job and provide affordable electricity throughout our economy.”