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Thus far, the agency has instead relied only on sessions at its regional headquarters.

EPA seems to be going out of its way during its listening tour to avoid those states that rely on coal the most for electricity,” said Rep. Ed Whitfield, Kentucky Republican and chairman of the House subcommittee on Energy and Power. “EPA needs to come to coal country and hear from the workers, families and communities that may suffer the most from the agency’s actions.”

A proposal to limit carbon emissions from existing plants is scheduled to be released next summer, the EPA said. Rules for new power plants are currently open to public comment and will be finalized in the coming months.