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Let’s keep coal in the energy mix

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) paints a bulls-eye on America’s existing coal-fired power fleet. The CPP will require electric utilities to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent, based on 2012 levels, by 2030. We know what that could mean. More plant closures. More jobs lost. Higher energy costs. Less reliability. Tell EPA to rethink the proposed rule to minimize its impact on jobs, grid reliability, and electricity costs. Click here to send your comment or to download a prepared statement you can mail or fax. The deadline for your response is December 1.

How to contact the EPA

Here are some ways to contact the EPA. If you are mailing or faxing, it is very important to reference Docket ID No. OAR-2013-0602, which is included in the sample letter below. Using the website or email links below will automatically enter the correct Docket ID for you.


Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. You may copy and paste the sample letter below.

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Send an email to Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message. A pre-filled email will be created by clicking on the link to the right or you may copy and paste the sample letter below.

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Send a letter to the EPA. See the sample letter below (which you may copy and paste) for address information. You can also choose to download a Word or PDF document of the letter to customize.

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Fax your comments to: 202-566-9744. We have provided a sample letter below which you can customize.



Sample Letter to EPA

EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC)
Mailcode 28221T
Attn: Docket ID No. OAR-2013-0602
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

To the Environmental Protection Agency,

As currently proposed, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will cause substantial, long-term harm to Boilermakers who maintain, repair and upgrade coal-fired power plants. The CPP in combination with other emission regulations will cut the currently operating coal-fired fleet by one-third. Many of the 52,000 direct jobs in the utility, mining and railroad industries will be put at risk — as well as more than 100,000 jobs in allied industries and affected communities.

We are deeply concerned about the jobs that will be lost and the families who will be affected. We also worry about the impact on rural communities where coal-fired plants are a major employer and contributor to the tax base.

We believe the CPP goes too far. Instead of focusing on the actual source of emissions (“inside the fence”), it seeks to fundamentally remake the energy sector. The CPP’s unrealistic emission limits on existing coal-fired plants, requiring a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide by 2030, will push many of them to close prematurely. Boilermakers will most certainly see reduced earnings and reduced contributions to our pensions if this occurs.

We strongly urge the EPA to rethink the CPP so that it minimizes the harmful effects of jobs loss, higher energy costs and reliability issues. Our union and others, along with many industry groups, are offering specific changes to the plan that will lessen its negative impacts. We ask that these changes be given careful, thoughtful and timely consideration.






Reporter  V53N3
Published on the Web: October 1, 2014