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CHAPMANVILLE — On Tuesday, May 6 from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. the West Virginia Coal Forum and the Logan County Chamber of Commerce will partner to conduct a meetingin the Field House at Logan High School to discuss the potential impacts EPA’s proposed New Source Performance Standards will have on the coal industry, our state and the nation.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air emission regulations have helped facilitate the closure or planned closure of more than 160 coal generating units across the country, equating to over 22,000 megawatts of electricity. New Source Performance Standards being proposed by EPA will make it nearly impossible to build new coal-based power plants in the future. These regulations will further erode West Virginia’s coal economy.


According to the US Energy Information Administration, greenhouse gases are gases that “allow sunlight to enter the atmosphere freely. When sunlight strikes the Earth’s surface, some of it is reflected back towards space as infrared radiation (heat). Greenhouse gases absorb this infrared radiation and trap the heat in the atmosphere.”


This causes problems with the ozone because “over time, the amount of energy sent from the sun to the Earth’s surface should be about the same as the amount of energy radiated back into space, leaving the temperature of the Earth’s surface roughly constant. Many gases exhibit these “greenhouse” properties. Some of them occur in nature (water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide), while others are exclusively human-made (like gases used for aerosols).”


Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, resulting from petroleum and natural gas, represent 82 percent of total U.S. human-made greenhouse gas emissions


The US EIA also illustrates that coal is the second largest contributor to national carbon dioxide emissions producing 37 percent. Petroleum, which is first, produces about 42 percent annually.


A variety of regional experts and policy leaders will speak at the event, and a buffet lunch will be served for those in attendance. An agenda will be distributed once finalized.


The public is encouraged to attend, especially stakeholders in West Virginia’s mining economy – business leaders, association representatives, local legislators and policy leaders.


The West Virginia Coal Forum is an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry.


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will headline the event and conduct a ceremonial bill signing of House Bill 4346. Passed during the 2014 Legislative Session, the bill establishes a framework for the development of a state compliance plan for EPA’s new climate rules while preserving current fuel supplies and protecting West Virginia coal jobs.


A variety of local, state and regional experts and policy leaders will speak at the event, to include:

  • Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
  • Senators Art Kirkendoll and Ron Stollings
  • Delegates Rupert Phillips and Ted Tomblin
  • Bill Raney, WV Coal Association
  • Jeff Herholdt, WV Division of Energy
  • Roger Horton, Citizens for Coal
  • Chris Hamilton, Vice-President, WV Coal Association & Co-Chair, WV Coal Forum
  • Fred Tucker, UMWA, Co-Chair, WV Coal Forum


Seating is limited which means reservations are required. To make a reservation, email Joel Watts at joel.l.watts@wv.gov. There is no cost to attend the event.


For additional information, contact the West Virginia Coal Forum at (304) 957-2306, or visit the organization’s website at wvcoalforum.org.

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