Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Asks EPA to Bring Carbon Emission Listening Tour to West Virginia
CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy urging her to include West Virginia on the EPA’s “Listening Tour” about carbon emission regulations.
“While the citizens of Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York City deserve to give input on these new regulations and EPA policies, people in communities like Logan, Fairmont and Moundsville also need to be given a chance to voice their thoughts,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “West Virginia is the second largest producer of coal in the nation. These new EPA regulations greatly affect our communities, and Mountain State citizens’ opinions deserve to be considered.”
Morrisey said he applauded the EPA’s decision to seek input from citizens across the nation, but indicated that limiting the tour to 11 large cities, such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver and Seattle, excluded locations that would be hardest hit by these regulations.
“If you seek to learn more about our nation’s energy footprint and the practical impact of EPA regulations on American workers, a trip to West Virginia would prove informative,” he wrote to McCarthy.
Morrisey said the Office of the Attorney General is willing to assist the EPA to help set up an event in West Virginia if the agency decides to expand the number of stops on the Listening Tour.
“For too long, the EPA has overlooked the real-work and human side of their regulations, opting instead to just look at the potential outcomes. I believe it is important for someone from the EPA to come to West Virginia and hear from local residents why coal is important, and must remain an important part of our nation’s energy portfolio,” Morrisey said.
“If a coal mine is shuttered, in part, due to onerous and impractical regulations, it can destroy the fabric of several towns or an entire county,” he added. “I think it’s important for the EPA at least to look in the eyes of the men and women whose lives could be dramatically changed forever because of these proposed regulations and give them the courtesy of hearing their opinion.”