Washington, DC – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a revised regulation that will mandate new coal-fired plants to comply with New Source Performance Standards:
"Today's proposed regulation by the EPA is a direct assault on Virginia's families, small businesses, and farmers. This Administration's anti-coal regulations will have a devastating effect on the Fifth District and the Commonwealth in its entirety.
"By requiring new coal plants to purchase extremely expensive equipment in order to comply with greenhouse gas performance standards, these unnecessary and unreasonable regulations will cause Virginians' utility bills to escalate even higher. The hardworking families, small businesses, and family farms of the Fifth District will be required to absorb the costs of this regulation, which is unacceptable at a time when this Administration's failed policies are stifling our economy and ignoring the fact that we have double-digit unemployment in many parts of the Fifth District.
"I call on President Obama to put a stop to these unreasonable and unnecessary regulations and join the House in enacting pro-growth policies to create jobs and provide affordable energy to people across Virginia."