Sen. Blasts EPA Chief's Claims On Coal's Decline

Law360, New York (June 14, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT) -- Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., on Wednesday ripped into U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson’s claim that economic conditions were to blame for the coal industry’s decline, arguing EPA regulations, not market forces, were driving coal plant shutdowns.

“I would remind you that there is a clear distinction between market forces and the operation of government mandates when it comes to plant closures,” Inhofe said in a letter to Jackson. “The regulations EPA has issued are not in line with market flexibility and pragmatism, but instead...
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