PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Ten members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce heard little that might encourage them from the federal EPA in Tuesday’s annual meeting with top agency administrators in Philadelphia. 


Del. Amanda Pasdon, the Chamber’s director of business and development, said EPA officials stressed most of their regulations come through statute.

“They tried to stress to us that they don’t sit around and make up rules and regulations but a lot of those are passed to them statutorily,” said Amanda Pasdon, a member of the House of Delegates from Morgantown and the West Virginia Chamber’s director of business development. “They blamed it on another body and just say they are just doing their job and doing what’s been handed to them.”

Members of the state’s business community have had the annual meeting with the EPA’s regional top brass since the 1980s but the relationship has been strained in recent years with increasing regulations on the coal industry and other businesses under the Obama administration.

Pasdon said Tuesday’s meeting with cordial and a good exchange but the EPA was firm.

“More than anything you get the sense they are taking the hard line–‘We’ve given you the rules and we expect you to abide by them,'” Pasdon said.

Recent rules and regulations from the EPA have focused on existing and new coal-fired power plants, which the coal industry has said would further damage the industry. Pasdon said the EPA “didn’t offer a lot of hope” to the coal industry in Tuesday’s meeting.

“It’s another one of those things. They’ve issued the rules to the coal industry and they want them to abide by them,” she said. “(EPA says) coal permits are being slowly renewed these days because they are not meeting the regulatory requirements.”

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  • george

    Yea lets put Tennett, Rahall and Manchin back in to continue obama's dictatorship policies.....

  • Joe

    Let me guess, Amanda.....the head of the EPA delegation is really cute. Sounds like you are backing them.

    Let me guess, dinner and dancing afterwards?!


  • Fred

    Every morning when I wake up I thank God for providing the EPA to protect our state from the corrupt coal companies, their lobbyists, and those citizens who can't see beyond the end of their nose.

    • george

      Fred needs to live in Russia. With citizens like this who needs enemies??????

  • jss

    Unbelievable! None of these comments are informed nor cogent. Your comments reflect poorly on the State of West Virginia.

    • Ole Sasquatch

      See, this ladies & gentlemen this comment is a primary example of: I know you know, but then you don't know. You just think you do.

  • Mark

    If the rules are statutory, why didn't the Bush administration attempt to shut down the coal-fired plants?

    • ViennaGuy


  • Fred

    LOL. Amanda Pasdon.

    As far as I can tell, never held a job in her life. Total socialist, sucking down a state paycheck as a legislator. And the chamber picks her to be "director of business development?" Has she ever "developed a business?

    Just goes to show, it's not what you know its who you....

    Well, you know the rest.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    I know the EPA knows, but they don't know. They just think they do.

  • Hope and Change

    But Natalie Tennant is going to give us a fighting chance!, right? Hope and change are on the way people! Who needs the coal industry when we can have Natalie?

  • FungoJoe

    When will WV wake up. We produce about 40% of the electricity used in the greater Washington, DC area. Shut it off. Or charge the federal government and the DC government a user fee of $10,000,000 a month. Somebody get Nanny Jones on this stat. He has never met a user fee he didn't embrace.

    • Jeff

      Who are you talking to???

  • ViennaGuy

    - “They tried to stress to us that they don’t sit around and make up rules and regulations but a lot of those are passed to them statutorily,” -

    This is a red herring on the EPA's part. Congress writes statutes such that agencies have leeway in how to interpret and implement them. Very rarely are statutes written in a way that requires one specific method for implementing them.

  • Pickle Barrel

    Amanda, they LIED to you. All they do is sit around and make up rules and regulations.

    Cut the EPA's funding 50%. Now.

    • Tim C

      50%? How about a 100%?

  • Hillbilly

    I would like to see the coal powered power plants shut down and see how long it would be before the EPA would be on their knees!!!

  • JTL

    And the bleeding of WV continues. And thanks to our state leaders focusing solely on tourism, good paying economy improving middle class jobs are leaving this state in droves .