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Virginia Legislators Express Opposition To New Federal Limits On Coal Plants

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Eighty-five members of Virginia's General Assembly are banding together in opposition to proposed limits on carbon emissions at new coal-fire power plants.

The lawmakers signed their names to a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their opposition to the limits.

Delegate Terry Kilgore says they want to send the message to both Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency that the proposed regulations are "reckless and irresponsible'' and will cost Virginia jobs. Kilgore is a Republican who represents coal-producing counties in the Southwestern part of the state.

The American Lung Association responded in a statement that called power plant pollution a public health problem. The Sierra Club supports the new rules.

The proposed regulations have already had an impact, with many power companies moving to cleaner natural gas to generate electricity.


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