Members of Congress Continue Supporting Measures to Limit EPA

The proposals include: a limit on how long the EPA has to approve or reject mining permits; a block on new carbon emissions regulation; and a call for hearings on the President’s plans to protect waterways from mining.

Beshear Returns From Washington, Says Environmental Regulation Is “Balancing Act”

Weeks after calling for the federal government to get off the state’s back when it comes to coal regulation, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear had the chance to discuss the issue with the White House.

Beshear returned this week from a meeting with other governors and the president. He says he talked with cabinet members about his frustrations with environmental restrictions on the coal industry.

Senate Committee Approves Anti-EPA Bill

Tom Fitzgerald of the Kentucky Resources Council spoke against the resolution, which mostly is a symbolic protest against stepped up EPA enforcement of federal Clean Water standards regulating coal mining.

“I understand your frustration,” he says to the bills supporters. “My concern is just that the remedy here is really to look at changing mine design in order to address the strata that have the sulfates and carbonates, rather than provoking what I think is a federal assumption of the water program.”