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[s39] Sen. John Waterman: The Attack on Indiana Coal
Start Date: 6/5/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/5/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced plans to roll out new source performance standards that will impact the coal industry. Quite frankly, these new regulations will have a devastating effect on Indiana’s coal production and the thousands of Hoosier jobs supported by the industry.

Indiana heavily depends on coal as a fuel source for electricity. In fact, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), coal provided 83 percent of Indiana’s net electric power generation in 2011. Indiana is also among the top ten coal producing states in the nation.

Some of these regulations include the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, greenhouse gas regulations and cooling water regulations. The costs of implementing these standards will be crippling to ratepayers and Indiana mining jobs will be lost.

According to the Utility Consumer Counselor, complying with these regulations could cost Indiana’s five large investor-owned electric utilities a total of up to $11.5 billion. These new costs will directly influence what Hoosiers pay for their utilities. A study done by Purdue University found that by 2020, residential rates will increase by nearly 14 percent and industrial rates will increase by 11 percent.

Since all of Indiana’s current coal-mining operations are located in the southwest part of the state, residents in District 39 rely on coal not only for electricity, but employment. According to the National Mining Association, Indiana coal mines employ 3,342 workers – the eighth highest number of coal mine workers in the nation. In total, the direct and indirect employment generated by coal mining in our state accounts for more than 19,000 jobs.  However, this number does not include the thousands of businesses and jobs that were enticed to locate in Indiana due to our low cost of electricity. These new regulations will erase a competitive advantage our state has been able to tout in the past when encouraging companies to bring their jobs to our state.

If these new regulations take effect, they will cost Indiana and Hoosiers in our community far too much. That’s why I recently thanked Gov. Pence for engaging the EPA and the Obama administration on this issue and encouraged him to keep the pressure up. I will continue to do everything I can to minimize the effects of these new regulations and of the growing myriad of other regulations the Obama administration continues to force on businesses across the board.

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Contact Information:
Name: Brady Hagerty
Phone: 317-232-9425
Email: bhagerty@iga.in.gov
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