WAMU 88.5 : News

Southwestern Virginia Feeling Impact From Coal Regulations

Play associated audio

The Obama Administration is placing strict new regulations on the coal industry. Southwestern Virginia Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith says his constituents are feeling the impact already.

"It's not the electric company that pays for that," he says. "It's the householders and the businesses out there. And so every man, woman and child is going to see their electric rates sky rocket, as the president promised when he embarked on this policy in 2008. I just don't think people believed him when he told them that, but now it's going to happen."

Northern Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly says Griffith is exaggerating the extent of the economic repercussions from the new rules.

"No, the largest utility in Virginia, the Dominion Power, has already taken this into account. It's already made the retrofits or built new power plants that meet the current standards. So I think the disruption might be localized, maybe it may very well affect Mr. Griffith's district, but I think for the rest of the state, there won't be disruption, and I think the impact might be minimal."

The new rules are transforming the economy in southwestern Virginia. Now it's a waiting game to see how much that impacts rate payers throughout the rest of the Commonwealth.

WAMU 88.5

Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

Kate Mulgrew, who stars as "Red" in the Netflix TV series "Orange Is The New Black", opens up in a new memoir about her complicated family and the baby she gave away for adoption as a young woman.


Sweet Name Of Kids' Clinic Gives Some People Heartburn

The Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic gets its name from a student-run charity race in Raleigh, N.C., that has already raised $1 million for kids. Still, some find the name unhealthy.

Americans Don't Disagree On Politics As Much As You Might Think

Everyone knows that distrust of Washington is at near-record levels and that Congress has grown more polarized. But what's going on with American voters is more complicated than you may realize.

Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.