The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 20, 2013

Bad EPA policy

Daily Item

---- — It seems all we hear about in the news is the state of our fragile economy, so why is the EPA against economic recovery? The EPA has issued a devastating regulation that will severely impact, if not eliminate, the coal industry in the United States and in Pennsylvania.

The New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), requires all future power plants that use coal to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour -- an unrealistic task, even for the most modern coal boilers. The NSPS regulation also prevents upgrades to existing plants, which could improve efficiency and create more energy.

If NSPS is implemented, coal will be unusable for power forcing Pennsylvania's citizens to pay higher power bills, with the possibility of electricity rationing. It is a simple formula, EPA plus NSPS equals no jobs and higher electricity bills, and because of the EPA's shortsightedness, Pennsylvanians will suffer financially and to me that is unacceptable.

Our leaders in Washington need to understand this and focus on pro-growth policies, and not stifle reliable and affordable energy that gives jobs to families that many in our Commonwealth rely upon.

Don Ely,