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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Coal Forum is urging Congress to make the REINS Act one of the first bill to land on the next President’s desk for approval.

The REINS Act, or Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, would prevent major new rules – those with an economic impact of $100 million or more -- from taking effect until they are approved by Congress.

“We at the Coal Forum have seen how dramatically agency rules can affect a state like West Virginia when those rules are crafted without serious attention paid to their economic impact,” said Coal Forum Co-Chairman Chris Hamilton. “The REINS Act will give Congress the opportunity to review major agency rules before they go into effect.”

The West Virginia Coal Forum is encouraged by news that a major power company will be upgrading its facilities to preserve coal-fired electric power generation.

First Energy announced Wednesday that the company will be able to make necessary improvements to its facilities to comply with federal standards and continue to use coal, thanks to action taken by the West Virginia Legislature during the 2016 session.

“We at the Coal Forum extend a huge thank you to the Legislature for passing the Modernization and Improvement Plan act,” said Chris Hamilton, co-chairman of the Coal Forum, which is an organization representing business and labor in the coal industry. “Passage of this legislation is a testament to the legislative leadership’s commitment to doing whatever is necessary to preserve coal-fired electricity in West Virginia. First Energy’s announcement is proof that good legislation can make a big impact in just a short amount of time.”

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West Virginia Coal Association VP on Why the Organization is Backing Trump
FoxNews
During an interview with FOX Business Network’s Charles Payne, West Virginia Coal Association Vice President Chris Hamilton discussed why he is endorsing presidential candidate Donald Trump and why he stands against both Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

Trump Digs Coal' at Charleston Rally
WV Public Broadcasting
Apparent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump drew a crowd of more than 10,000 to the Charleston Civic Center Thursday for a campaign rally largely focused on revitalizing the coal industry.

Trump brings campaign to West Virginia and vows to put miners back to work
Fox11 News
Coming to the stage with West Virginia's signature theme song "Country Roads" blaring in the background, Donald Trump took the stage before a sign waving, cheering crowd and vowed to jump-start the state's coal industry.

WATCH: Trump dons coal miner's hard hat, pretends to shovel coal
Washington Examiner
At Donald Trump's rally in West Virginia, the presumptive Republican nominee received a gift from a coal mining association that endorsed him.

Trump gets behind coal at nearly sold out Charleston rally
WVMetroNews
Before a crowd of about 12,000 supporters at the Charleston Civic Center Donald Trump vowed to have the coal industry’s back, with many miners at his back.

The Economics of Coal by Chris Hamilton
WVCoal Association
Coal is currently mined in 30 counties in West Virginia. According to data from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, coal mining in West Virginia has provided an average of 23,000 direct mining jobs plus another 60,000 support jobs ...

“Fool us once shame on you.  Fool us two times, three times, four; shame on us!

After eight long years of havoc and devastation on the state coal industry and the hundreds of thousands of workers and families across this country whose jobs and paychecks have dwindled away, we say enough is enough.

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Al Gore and now Hillary Clinton.  All are committed to a national energy plan which does not offer a role for coal, let alone any appreciation for its use as a clean base fuel for generating household and industrial electricity around the world. 

Running on the national ticket, Hillary Clinton, and other Democratic Party hopefuls, are simply left with no choice in the matter.  The major party funders – Hollywood, Sierra Club, Bloomberg and others – demand an anti-fossil fuel position from its candidates.

Unfortunately, a percentage of state residents fail to look at these core party platform issues and desire to be loyal to the Democratic party of their parents and grandparents. That party, once promoting hope and promise, is no more.

This year, after nearly two decades of anti-coal and anti-fossil fuel positions, it is time to join the sentiment of independent voters who look beyond a person's voter registration to vote for the individual most protective of West Virginia's energy industries and economic health.

Hillary Clinton may have earned her stripes within the national Democrat Party for her loyalty as a major player within President Obama’s administration during the years West Virginia's economy was decimated.  However, she is undeserving of your support as it is guaranteed to be more of the same!

For additional information, contact the West Virginia Coal Forum at (304) 957-2306.

On April 25 at 10am at the Charleston Civic Center, the West Virginia Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety, along with various industry and safety groups, will host an industry-wide briefing on the interference issue related to proximity detection systems and respirable dust sample devices when both devices are in simultaneous operation.

More details to follow.

For more information, please email Joel L. Watts, Health and Safety Administrator for the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

http://www.msha.gov/notice-underground-coal-mine-operators-check-proximity-detection-system-interference

The West Virginia Coal Forum is calling on all presidential candidates to respect and protect the coal industry and the miners who have built this nation.

The Coal Forum is an organization representing business and labor in West Virginia’s coal industry.

As the public now should be abundantly aware, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made it clear this week that she will continue the Obama Administration’s war on coal.

“We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” Clinton said Sunday night while boasting about her clean energy program — and with a big smile on her face, according to media coverage of the event. The remarks were made during at a CNN town-hall event.