Co-sponsored by 11 of his fellow House members, including Reps. Geoff Davis and Brett Guthrie, both Republicans from Kentucky, Rogers’ bill seeks to force the Environmental Protection Agency to go through the “formal rule-making process” before installing new regulatory guidance aimed at coal mining, according to a release from Rogers’ office on Wednesday. That process includes gathering public comment prior to the guidance’s approval.
The bill comes on the heels of a new regulation put into place by the EPA earlier this year that sets water quality standards coal companies say are impossible to meet, and therefor will cost jobs in Kentucky.
After speaking at the FACES of Coal rally in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Rogers released the following statement:
“After repeated attempts to force the EPA and Administration to listen, my colleagues and I have decided that enough is enough. Today, I am joined by 11 of my colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, to introduce the Electric Reliability Protection Act in the House of Representatives. This bill would stop the EPA’s power grab and put Appalachian coal miners back to work. Coal creates jobs and powers nearly half of our nation’s electricity needs. Today we are sending a message to unelected bureaucrats that they will not regulate us out of business. Together we will continue to fight the good fight and ensure that America has access to the power it needs to keep the lights on and sustain the coal mining jobs that are worth fighting for.”