Tri-state area workers and officials rally for coal

PITTSBURGH,Pa.(WYTV) — Inside of Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, people from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia spoke out against the Environmental Protection Agencies proposed regulations…which would have a drastic impact on coal mines.

“40 percent of our electricity comes from coal,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R).

Pennsylvania has the fourth-highest coal output nationwide.

Corbett argues clean coal technology should be given a chance to cut the carbon footprint.

“Regulations that are out there aren’t taking into account everything that’s been done in the past to clean that atmosphere to work that clean coal technology and we’re letting the people of Pennsylvania know they need to be in that fight,” said Corbett.

Gina McCarthy with the EPA says states need to do more.

“If we do nothing in our grandkids lifetimes temperatures can rise 10 degrees and seas can rise by four feet” said Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator.

Governor Corbett was joined by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor.

Taylor told the crowd 70 percent of Ohio’s electricity is coal powered.

Directly and indirectly employing 33,000 people in the Buckeye State.

She also says between 2005 through 2012 the state has reduced its carbon footprint by 30 percent.

“Now the EPA is asking us to go another 30 percent. It is not attainable, we can not get there,” said Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.

First Energy took two power plants off line in Pennsylvania last year. 20 plants are at risk of closing in Ohio if the regulations are enacted.

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