CHARLESTON (AP) — Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is among the dozens of scheduled speakers at a public hearing on President Barack Obama’s new plan to order big and lasting cuts in the pollution discharged by coal-fired power plants.
The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting the hearing Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Other hearings this week are in Denver, Atlanta and Pittsburgh on Obama’s plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point.
Capito and others in West Virginia’s congressional delegation have been critical of the EPA’s plan.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has said none of the state’s coal plants are close to meeting the proposed standard, although companies say they’re cutting emissions.
West Virginia is the nation’s second biggest coal producer after Wyoming.