The Billings Outpost

Killing coal

It is clear by now that the federal Environmental Protection Agency intends to destroy the U.S. coal industry.

This summer, the EPA moved towards restricting coal train traffic and now there is the pending 2015 shutdown of the coal-fired PPL Montana Corette Power Plant here in Billings.

As voters we have a responsibility. EPA is a federal agency that reports to, and works at, the direction of the Executive Branch (U.S. president). Either make a change there or make the change in the legislative branch (Congress), which funds the agency. Either approach works.

James E. Reno

Yellowstone County commissioner

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