Marshall County Commissioners Discuss EPA Rules

Representing a county home to hundreds of coal miners and power plant workers, Marshall County commissioners Don Mason, Brian Schambach and Bob Miller believe the new federal regulations on greenhouse gas emissions announced this week are unrealistic.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan would cut America’s overall carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants about 30 percent by 2030, as compared to 2005 levels.

During the Tuesday meeting, Miller expressed disappointment with these plans.

“I am very upset with the new EPA standards. That is going to hurt Marshall County,” Miller said. “Our economy runs on coal.”

“This is just not feasible,” Schambach said following the meeting. “They are trying to get people to promote windmills and solar power. There is just no way this is going to work.”

Mason declined to comment on the matter, saying he believed Schambach and Miller had said enough.

In another matter, commissioners voted to spend $10,925 to buy a commercial dishwasher for Family Services of Marshall County.

“They will be very appreciative of that,” Schambach said.

Commissioners also approved a fiscal 2014 budget revision that increased the total amount by $157,242.

The county received most of this money in the form of federal and state grants. This fiscal year ends June 30.

The next meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. June 17 at the county courthouse on Seventh Street in Moundsville.