Four West Virginia Democrats on Tuesday criticized the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for delaying a permit, which will result in nearly 150 lost coal mining jobs.
Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall said they were “outraged” by the EPA’s decision to delay a surface mining permit for Consol Energy. Approval of the mining permit was expected to lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs over the next 15 years.
“I am incensed and infuriated that the EPA would intentionally delay the needed permit for a public-private project that would bring so many good jobs and valuable infrastructure to communities that so desperately need them,” Sen. Manchin said. “The EPA has lost court case after court case for its overreach, and it should be using better judgment by now.