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West Virginia Manufacturers Association's Position regarding EPA Clean Power Plant Rule

Charleston, WV (August 6, 2015) – West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) President Rebecca McPhail-Randolph echoed Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's sentiment that the EPA's proposed regulations as announced earlier this week are still unreasonable, unrealistic, and ultimately unattainable for the state.  

"This regulation will be exceptionally difficult, if not impossible for many manufacturers to meet and will increase in energy prices while decreasing electric reliability," McPhail-Randolph said. "Building more efficient power plants, factories, cars and appliances is something our manufactures already strive to do, all of which are leading to lower emissions. At a time when our country needs policies that promote innovation and encourage economic investment that allows our manufacturers to remain competitive, the EPA's proposed regulation appears punitive.

The WVMA will continue to support our state and the manufacturing industry as we fight this rule, and will work with the administration toward a West Virginia-specific plan to keep the Mountain State compliant."