NMA Applauds Bi-Partisan Senate CRA Blocking EPA’s Costly Power Plan

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today released the following statement in support of Senate efforts to pass resolutions under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would shield U.S. consumers from the rising electricity prices associated with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan and standards banning new high efficiency, low emission coal technology:

“The U.S. mining industry and its employees across the country are grateful to Senators from both parties who have challenged EPA’s authority to continue the destruction of an important industry and the jobs it supports. The resolutions before the Senate today would stop two EPA regulations that are both costly and pointless.

“Studies show the Clean Power Plan would add $214 billion to the country’s electricity bill, force 46 states to pay double-digit increases for power and consumers to absorb a $64 billion cost just to replace the power plants shut down by the rule. EPA thinks this cost is worthwhile to achieve a trivial reduction in global CO2 emissions by 2030. Hopefully, both Houses of Congress will disagree and, by asserting their rightful authority, spare their constituents the cost of EPA’s reckless regulations.”