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Coal advocates to protest EPA coal regulations outside public hearing

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Members of the American coalition for Clean Coal Electricity will protest the Environmental Protection Agency's new coal regulations outside the agency's headquarters on Thursday, according to a press release.

The ACCCE will circle a mobile billboard around the EPA office during a public hearing on the agency's New Source Performance Standards, which require new coal plants to use expensive, unproven technology to limit carbon emissions. The rule is expected to make it nearly impossible to build a new coal-fired power plant.

“At tomorrow’s hearing, ACCCE will be representing millions of people across the country who are not being listened to by this activist EPA,” Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at ACCCE, told the Washington Examiner. “[EPA Administrator] Gina McCarthy continues to insist that she is listening to all, when in fact she has turned a deaf ear to those who will pay the ultimate price of lost wages, lost jobs and higher energy bills as a result of unworkable NSPS regulations.”

The ACCCE's billboards will play two looping videos - one explaining the consequences of the EPA's coal regulations and the other on the impact of President Obama's "Climate Action Plan."

The EPA will hold its public hearing on the new coal regulations from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at EPA headquarters on Thursday.

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