Senator Pat Toomey and 12 Pennsylvania members of the Congress, including Bill Shuster, are urging President Barack Obama to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing new regulations on carbon emissions from new power plants. The lawmakers say the new regulations will discourage the construction of new coal-fired plants and limit upgrades on existing facilities.
The letter comes just two days after the news that two Pennsylvania coal plants in Fayette and Washington counties will close, leaving nearly 400 people out of work. Coal power plants are essential to Indiana County’s economy, with several located here, including the Homer City Generating Station. That power plant is in the midst of a $750 million scrubber upgrade that will dramatically reduce the facility’s emissions.