Unions protest EPA power plant proposal

Unions protest EPA power plant proposal

More than 300 union members and their families from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia gathered at the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters Tuesday to protest a proposal to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants that they said would kill jobs in Appalachia.

Many of the protesters were reliable Democratic voters who said they were venting frustration not with their party, but rather with an Obama administration that they say is pummeling their communities with too-stringent regulations.

“The United States Senate is controlled by Democrats, and these rules could not pass the United States Senate,” said Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, on a gloomy and overcast day in Washington.

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