WASHINGTON, D.C. — Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said he left Washington, D.C. “encouraged” Thursday following a meeting with new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Tomblin said McCarthy was attentive during the meeting and took notes on the concerns he, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Congressman Nick Rahall (D-Third District) and others raised about a number of EPA regulatory issues. 

Courtesy photo

(Left to right) WV House of Delegates Speaker Tim Miley, WV Coal Association Vice President Chris Hamilton, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and others met Thursday with new EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

“She took it very well….and seemed very much interested in the concerns that we have as we spoke to her and has agreed to keep an open dialogue with us,” said Tomblin who was a guest on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline” shortly after Thursday’s meeting ended.

Tomblin said McCarthy, who is new to the EPA administrator role, promised to look into the issues raised and respond.  “That is the most positive thing I’ve heard out of the EPA since I’ve been governor,” said Tomblin.

McCarthy has also also been invited to visit West Virginia to see what effects the EPA’s regulations are having “on real people.”  A similar offer was made to former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson but it was not accepted.

Tomblin said all West Virginia officials are asking for is a “reasonable” approach from the EPA.  “We’re willing to work with you, but we have to do it in a realistic way and look at the time frames,” he said.

Those who made up the West Virginia delegation are as follows:

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

Third District Congressman Nick Rahall

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant

House Speaker Tim Miley

Kanawha County Delegate Meshea Poore, a candidate in the Second Congressional District

Former state Democratic Party Chair Nick Casey, a candidate in the Second Congressional District

Current state Democratic Party Chair Larry Puccio

Current state Democratic Party Vice Chair Belinda Biafore

Charlie Lorenson, Governor Tomblin’s Chief of Staff

Frederick William Banig, UMWA

Chris Hamilton, West Virginia Coal Association

Josh Sword, West Virginia AFL-CIO

Senate President Jeff Kessler could not attend because of travel complications.

bubble graphic


bubble graphic


  • Tag

    Per the photo......which of the 3 is Curly? Just wondering.

  • Tim C

    Dog and Pony show......nothing more, this is nothing but political cover for the state's Dems. They have sold us down the river with their blind loyalty to the DNC and Obama. Joe Manchin makes me sick! They all turn my stomach!

  • Joe

    "Tomblin said McCarthy, who is new to the EPA administrator role, promised to look into the issues raised and respond.  “That is the most positive thing I’ve heard out of the EPA since I’ve been governor,” said Tomblin.

    Unbelievable. What he should have done is look her in the eye and say, to quote Josey Wales and say, "don't piss down the back of my leg and tell me it's raining".

  • Fubar

    I can just imagine the laughter at the EPA after this delegation from WV left the building. A typical example that sh#t runs down hill. I don't know who is more clueless - WV democratic politicians or their supporters.

  • cutty77

    Talking is a very good first step. it didn't get broke over-night,and it wont get fixed over-night.

    • steve

      We've been "trying" to talk since Obama was elected; it's time for action. These democrats are not about action; they're about politics as usual. Change is coming in 2014.

      • Hop'sHip

        What "action" will be taken in 2014, presumably after Republican takeover? Are we talking secession?

  • rich

    We no southern WV representatives other than the Governor?????

  • Max

    Two (2) other members of our Congressional Delegation missing from this meeting...oh yeah...they weren't invited because they might really say what is on every reasonable and logical West Virginians mind...you people are "clueless" in the EPA and White House regarding any Energy Policy that might keep this country strong...coal brought us through the Industrial Revolution and two World Wars...windmills and solar panels are never going to replace what "Clean Coal" can do. Wake up people...vote for people who will do something besides have meetings...vote for some more Republicans who will pass real energy legislation.

    • Hop'sHip

      Max: Why did you include quotation marks around "clean coal"? What would a "real" energy policy look like? I believe the Republicans were in full control from 2001 through 2006. Did we have a "real" energy policy then?

      • Max

        Hop: Clean coal is what we burn here in WV and the USA. If you have ever traveled outside this country and seen the pollution and carbon emissions the rest of the world puts out...you wouldn't believe the Dems propaganda that we are the biggest polluters in the universe...we have cleaned up our environment and technology has let us do that...how many windmills will we need to power America...I know 17 trillion...the same amount as Obamas deficit.

        • Hop'sHip

          So Max. Did you support all those past efforts to clean up our environment? Seems like most of those elicited similar "woe are we" hysteria.

  • thornton

    "Took it well"....I reckon that implies more than what actually occurred. "Let the folks back home think we got tough with the EPA" in other words....Politics 101.

    And, exactly why were Puccio and some of the others present at this meeting? Smells like a reward.

  • steve

    She was attentive and took notes, "she took it VERY well" and "the most positive thing I've heard out of the EPA since I've been governor"; now thats what I wanted to hear (not!) And just what did you hear her say before that: he's the president, I'm just doing what I'm told (and that doesn't include coal) and GET USE TO IT (thats not being reasonable!). What a show you democrats can put on; try getting some RESULTS. 2014 the year for change in WV.

  • AX MAN

    No Repub's allowed, great by - partisanship, all listed are the same one's that got us we are today, all strong supporters of the "O", Joe's friend.

    • Hop'sHip

      I suspect the only way you could get the Repubs interested is if they thought they were meeting with Joe McCarthy. Although are you sure that Coal Association guy isn't Republican?