LORE CITY, Ohio -- EPA regulations were the hot topic Thursday night as Sixth District Representative Bill Johnson made a Guernsey County stop at the Deerassic Center.
Johnson's main talking point was the so-called "War on Coal," and the impact Johnson says it's having not just on a national level, but also on a local level.
He says the paperwork required to start up coal-fired power plants in America has become cumbersome over the years, making it difficult to open such businesses, and this, he says, has led to a higher ratio of demand to supply.
Johnson claims this almost caused a crisis this past winter:
He followed up those claims with a pointed message to the Obama Administration:
In 2013, Johnson co-sponsored the "Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America" bill, which would require state programs for regulation of surface coal mining.