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West Virginia leaders to attend coal rally in Pennsylvania

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia officials are set to join hundreds of coal miners and coal supporters at an electricity and energy jobs rally.

The rally is scheduled for Wednesday at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, labor leaders and others are scheduled to participate.

Officials say the rally is aimed at raising awareness over proposed changed to federal rules about pollution discharged by coal-fired power plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point.

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.

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