Democratic US Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is attacking the Obama administration for an Environmental Protection Agency ruling that she said will cost coal mining jobs in Kentucky.
Grimes, who’s seeking to replace Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, said she was deeply disappointed by the EPA’s decision to impose stricter limits on carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants.
Coal mining has become a central issue in the Senate race. McConnell has been a longtime critic of the Obama administration’s policies on coal and has widespread support from throughout the industry. McConnell, who sponsored the recently blocked ‘Saving Coal Jobs Act’, called the EPA’s decision today another escalation of the president’s “War on Coal and the Kentucky economy.”