'transformation' of the American electric power grid. Congress, however, did not give EPA the power to restructure how the nation produces and consumers electricity," Mr. Quinn said. "Second, implementing the rule will irreparably injure the coal mining industry, coal mining workers, and coal mining communities. ... Since more than 90 percent of coal sold in the United States is used for power generation, the rule will cripple domestic coal production."
In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn argues the rules are likely to be tossed by federal courts and states should be allowed to halt implementation until legal cases are settled.