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Posted: Tuesday, 03 June 2014 7:50AM

Coalfield residents worry about new regulations



PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — News of stricter federal emissions standards on coal-fired power plants is being met with groans in eastern Kentucky, where locals are worried about keeping their coal industry jobs.

Twenty years ago, more than 150 coal mines were active in Floyd County. Now, Floyd County Judge-Executive R.D. "Doc" Marshall says there are fewer than five.

The new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency require Kentucky to reduce its carbon emissions by about 18 percent by 2030.

Railroad worker Gary Whitt says his job depends on transporting coal and worries he could be laid off.

Libby Lawson says her husband got a job last month after losing his coal job last year. She wonders how long it will last and thinks the regulations may be too stiff.

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