'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."
"I think the demise of the stream rule will be a fitting end to a rule that lacked any purpose or need, produces no discernible benefits but carries enormous costs and consequences, not only for coal miners but for countless others whose livelihood depends on a healthy coal mining industry," said Hal Quinn, president of the National Mining Association.