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On West Virginia Morning a report about the correlation between climate change and a rise in allergies and asthma.   Beth Vorhees talks with Jarl Mohn, the new president and CEO of NPR.  He visited Charleston yesterday.


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What does the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling about Virginia's gay marriage ban mean for West Virginia? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency begins a week of public hearings about it's Clean Power Plan and business owners in Huntington think about what to do next after a large fire Sunday in a building downtown. 

EPA Administrator Defends Clean Power Plans

Jul 28, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to hold public hearings this week about the proposed Clean Power Plan.  The hearings are being held in Washington, Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh.  Each hearing last two days.

The administrations plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants has been sharply criticized by some West Virginia politicians, political candidates, the coal industry and others who say it will hurt West Virginia’s economy.

Corey Meadows has been working as a coal miner for eight years. In coalfield counties like Logan, Wyoming and McDowell Workforce data shows coal is still king, remaining one of the top employers and providing some of the highest paying jobs. The coal mining industry supplied close to 21,000 jobs in West Virginia in the 4th quarter of 2013. Those jobs generated about half a billion dollars in earned wages to miners with an average weekly wage of about $1,700; some of the highest paying jobs in the state.

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Since this week’s announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposing new regulations that will require states to cut carbon dioxide emission by 2030, West Virginia lawmakers and industry representatives alike have spoken out against them.

The scientific community, however, is speaking out in support of the changes, some even saying they don’t go far enough to combat the growing issues of climate change.


The United Mine Workers of America is joining the coal industry in a rare occasion to oppose proposed regulations meant to curb carbon emissions.  The industry worries the regulations will financially cripple coal’s economy, as well as West Virginia and everyone dependent on a coal job.

With 95 percent of the energy produced in West Virginia coming from coal fired power plants, many within the industry feel the state will be the hardest hit by the new proposal.

Roger Horton, a retired miner from Logan County paints a grim picture already evolving in coal country.

He sees an EPA ignoring its economic impact on countless coal mining families.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new carbon-emission rules Monday that aim to cut carbon dioxide releases from coal fired power plants. The overall national target is a reduction of 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

State officials say they’re still working to understand what the 600-plus page document really means for West Virginia, but for now, many are claiming the bad outweighs the good and are pledging to do everything they can to stop it.