Make Mining’s Voice Be Heard

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Let the EPA hear your voice.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to force expensive mandates on affordable coal-based electricity that will cause electricity rates to rise sharply in the future, with a corresponding negative effect on jobs and local economies.

The EPA’s proposed rule for National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter will be disastrous for small jurisdictions that do not meet the unreasonable standard set by the EPA – it’s simply another ill-conceived regulation that will deny Americans affordable and reliable coal-based electricity.

The public comment period is open until August 31st and we need you to let the EPA hear your voice – tell the un-elected bureaucrats running the EPA that they have gone too far.

We need you to act – the deadline for comments is fast approaching!

To submit your comment, you must use the online form – CLICK HERE. If you have trouble with the link, go to regulations.gov and search by docket number EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0492. Please use the suggested text by copying and pasting into the online form.

Let’s send the EPA a clear message: American’s do not want regulations that will destroy vital sources of affordable coal-based electricity and cause undue economic harm.

Thank you.

Suggested Comment:

The proposed Particulate Matter standard is yet another example of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) forcing expensive mandates on states, coal-based electricity and the mining community. В EPA is rushing to judgment with this rule, and has entered into a consent decree with environmental groups against the best interests of the public.

Designation as a non-attainment area for PM2.5 has immediate and potentially severe consequences for local jurisdictions in the form of straining already thin local resources while simultaneously driving away manufacturing and investment. В Restrictive regulations such as this one discourage industrial and commercial activity in and around a non-attainment area. В This will stifle job growth in a business’s local community. В The resulting reductions in property tax collections will also impair localities’ capacity to provide crucial services like public safety and education.

EPA’s proposed rule will also impact the mining community through stricter nonattainment standards, the retention of an overly stringent limit for coarse particulates, and the impossibly dense secondary visibly standard.

I urge EPA to withdraw and reconsider the proposed Particulate Matter standard.

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