Reported by: Elizabeth Norieka
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Elizabeth Norieka
Reported: Jun. 5, 2012 9:29 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 5, 2012 11:37 PM EDT
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The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing in Frankfort, Kentucky. Dozens of Appalachian coal permits and potentially hundreds of jobs are at stake.
Coal supporters rallied outside of that hearing against what they call unrealistic restrictions by the EPA.
The agency wanted to hear from the public concerning water pollution and the future of permits in the state.
Since April of 2010, the EPA has objected to 36 mine permits in the state of Kentucky. Then this past March, adding fuel to the fire, the EPA proposed tough new restrictions on Carbon Dioxide emissions from new power plants. Existing plants would not be affected.
These proposed standards are so strict even EPA officials claim coal fired plants would not be able to meet these new standards.
Republicans fear if passed, the effects on coal country would be devastating, costing hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Environmentalists were also at Tuesday's rally, showing their support for the EPA.
The public has until June 25th to weigh in on the new proposed Carbon emission legislation.
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