West Virginia Dems Press EPA Head on Visit

Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall are among the West Virginia Democrats calling for EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to visit their state.
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Alex Brown
Nov. 13, 2013, 3:57 a.m.

 A host of West Vir­gin­ia Demo­crat­ic law­makers are up­ping calls for EPA Ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy to vis­it the state they say is most ad­versely af­fected by her agency’s coal-plant reg­u­la­tions.

“We are writ­ing today to again in­vite you to West Vir­gin­ia, and we re­spect­fully re­quest that you sched­ule this vis­it soon,” said the let­ter signed by nearly every Demo­crat­ic lead­ing in the state — minus Sen. Jay Rock­e­feller. “West Vir­gin­ia and oth­er coal-pro­du­cing states de­serve a seat at the table, and we are hope­ful that you will give us that op­por­tun­ity.”

Sign­ees in­clude Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Party Chair­man Larry Puccio, Rep. Nick Ra­hall, Sec­ret­ary of State (and Sen­ate can­did­ate) Nat­alie Ten­nant and lead­ers from both cham­bers of the state Le­gis­lature.

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