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Congressman Johnson: EPA regs "disastrous" to coal industry

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Rep. Bill Johnson Rep. Bill Johnson

Sixth District rep. spoke in Guernsey County on Thursday night

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.

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