JobKeeper Alliance Organizes Letter to EPA Requesting More Time for Public Comments on Carbon Rules

Request signed by all seven members of Alabama’s delegation in the House of Representatives

On the heals of the request from Alabama’s full delegation in the House of Representatives and a similar request supported by 53 U.S. Senators, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a 45-day extension to the public comment period on a proposed rule to tighten restrictions on carbon emissions from existing power plants.

JobKeeper Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and protect quality jobs, worked closely with Congressman Bradley Byrne’s (AL-1) office to draft the letter to the EPA and collect signatures from Alabama’s six other congressional representatives. The letter also received support from other business and labor organizations in the state.

The letter pointed out that EPA’s proposed rule will have a real and adverse effect on the local and state economies that rely heavily on our nation’s electricity providers, such as rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, for employment and economic growth. Many people do not yet know the full extent of the impact these complex rules will have on their jobs and their communities.

“EPA’s proposed regulation of carbon emissions from existing power plants will kill tens of thousands of jobs throughout the Southeast,” said Patrick Cagle, Executive Director of JobKeeper Alliance. “The hardworking men and women that could lose their livelihoods as a result of this regulation deserve a chance to have their voices heard.

In a continuing effort to advocate on behalf of business and labor in the face of EPA’s regulations, JobKeeper Alliance is urging members of business and labor organizations to submit comments to the EPA. JobKeeper Alliance will also provide assistance to members who need help with drafting and submitting comments. The EPA’s extended deadline for comments ends on December 1, 2014.

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