The EPA, West Virginia & Coal

- WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic state leaders from West Virginia met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a meeting on Thursday.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D-WV) says they met the new Administrator of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, and believe communication will grow with the agency.

"We have all pushed the reset button we have reset this and we are going to have a good relationship and an open relationship based on communication and honesty," says Tennant.

Officials from the Mountain State say this is a very big change from the previous relations they've had with the agency.

Speaker of the House Tim Miley (D-Harrison) says, "Her predecessor appeared to have a hostile or adverse attitude toward West Virginia and its mineral extraction industries primarily coal."

During the meeting, the two groups talked about their goals and expectations, primarily focusing on West Virginia's coal industry.

"When you take action in Washington, that tears down the coal industry in WV it has a devastating impact on communities, on families, and quite frankly, as a legislative leader, on our state's budget," says Miley.

"Let the people who are going to be impacted by them know how they're going to be impacted and let them have some say in it and I could just think that West Virginians felt that they had a say in it before," says Tennant.

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