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by Samuel Speciale, Capitol reporter

State lawmakers and industry leaders on Tuesday criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan during an hours-long discussion in Charleston on West Virginia’s declining coal industry.

The forum comes days after Appalachian Power permanently closed three plants and the announcement that Murray Energy Corporation would lay off as many as 1,800 miners, some of which are expected to be in West Virginia.

“We’re really in a crisis here,” said Chris Hamilton, co-chairman of the Coal Forum and senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association.

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