Bill Bissett en Kentuckians From Both Sides Plan Trip To Atlanta For EPA Hearing on Coal <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Coal-fired power plant in Drakesboro" data-attribution="Credit TVA" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p>The Environmental Protection Agency will hold hearings this week on proposed regulations to limit the carbon dioxide coal-fired power plants can emit. Environmental activists and coal industry supporters are both traveling from Kentucky to Atlanta this week for the federal hearing.<p>The EPA’s rule would cut carbon dioxide emissions nationwide. The proposal sets emissions goals for each state, and leaves it up to individual states to decide how to achieve those goals.&#160; But before the rule is finalized, there are months of public comment. People can submit comments in writing, or make public statements at one of the four hearings happening this week. But Bill Bissett of the Kentucky Coal Association says it’s worth it to many to make the trek.<p>“I think the difference is, you can send a letter, you can send an email, but I think it’s important, one, that the people on the other side of this issue hear what we have to say as people who support coal,” said Bissett.&#160; “But I think also, we need to hear what they have to say. To me, it’s a very democratic principle of this country, to be heard publicly."<p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:31:25 +0000 Erica Peterson 42434 at Kentuckians From Both Sides Plan Trip To Atlanta For EPA Hearing on Coal Kentucky Reacts to New EPA Rules <p>The new Environmental Protection Agency rules seek to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.&nbsp; State's heavily dependent on coal, like Kentucky, are expected to have some flexibility in meeting a new standard.&nbsp; Still, Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett believes an already diminished eastern Kentucky mining industry would suffer more job losses and says the potential impact goes beyond the coal fields to all manufacturers.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:51:28 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 41009 at Kentucky Reacts to New EPA Rules Coal Association Applauds Federal Ruling <p>Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett&nbsp;is applauding a federal court ruling that found the EPA overstepped its authority in establishing water quality criteria for consideration of mining permits. He calls the decision Tuesday by U. S. District Judge Reggie Walton &ldquo;a victory for all of Kentucky and West Virginia.&rdquo; Wed, 01 Aug 2012 17:03:48 +0000 Dan Conti (KPR) & Angela Hatton 20070 at Coal Association Applauds Federal Ruling