Administration’s “War on Coal” — Industry Responds

Recently in two of my posts, I highlighted the Administration’s “war on coal” and the resultant loss of several hundred jobs when Murray Energy shut down mining operations of one of its plants .   The coal company put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Obama Administration and its excessive regulations through the EPA.

There will be additional layoffs, not only at Murray Energy, but also throughout the United States coal industry due to Mr. Obama’s ‘War on Coal’ and the destruction that it has caused to so many jobs and families in the Ohio Valley area and elsewhere,” said Robert Murray.

One of my readers asked the questions, “which regs were excessive?  Do other coal companies operate while complying with regs?”  So, I put those questions to Murray Energy.  Their response is as follows:

The regulatory actions of President Barack Obama and his administration’s “War on Coal” have caused coal companies to incur:

  1. Significantly higher costs of mining;
  2. Extreme difficulty in obtaining permits; and
  3. Lost coal markets

Specifically, this train wreck of regulation includes, but is not limited to:

  1. The Stream Buffer-Zone Rule
  2. MSHA’s Respirable Dust Rule
  3. The EPA stopping our permits
  4. CAIR
  5. Transport Rule (CSAPR)
  6. CAMR & Delisting Rule (vacated)
  7. 316(b) Rule
  8. Rule for CCBs Management
  9. SO2 Primary NAAQS
  10. CO2 Regulation (PSD/BACT)
  11. Ozone Transport Rule
  12. Revised Ozone NAAQS
  13. PM 2.5 NAAQS Revision
  14. PM Transport Rule
  15. Pending Effluent Guidelines Rule
  17. GHG NSPS
Pending regulations have, particularly, caused substantial regulatory uncertainty in the marketplace.  This uncertainty has negatively impacted coal producers, electric utilities, and the American public.


And let’s not forget the EPA’s new MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) Rules, which essentially, “require coal-fired power plants to install equipment that in some cases is too expensive to afford and in other cases does not exist currently commercially.” (h/t Ben Howe)

For an illustrative example of EPA Rules for coal industry, thus impacting electric utilities and we, the consumers, consider the following infographic from Murray Energy/Edison Electric Institute.   Enough said.

Obama Train Wreck of Regulation

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