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Miners travel to Washington D.C. to support coal mining industry

By: Kerri Corrado

WASHINGTON D.C.--Thousands of coal miners all of the country rallied in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to protest the EPA regulations they say will destroy their way of life.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new limits on carbon dioxide emissions for future power plants, which industry leaders say will be difficult to achieve.

Many mines can't keep up, which is threatening jobs in the area. Many families concerned with the future of coal mining.

"With everything that's going on, these regulations, and him maybe loosing his job, we are very scared," Tamera McCann said, whose fianc works in the mines.

"If it shuts down and we loose our jobs, we will have to leave the area. There is nothing here," Stephanie Daniels said.

They are concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency's regulations to limit pollution could possibly affect jobs.

They are taking a stand for middle America," Michele Bauer said.

"They let their voices be heard. People need to see what these coal miners are going through and their families," Daniels said.

Fifth district representative Glenn Thompson was one of many people who spoke on behalf of the miners at the rally on Tuesday.

"Come elections we see whose supporting them because we have to," Daniels said.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times