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Gov. Tomblin issues statement following reports of coal mine layoffs in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (May 22, 2015) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Friday issued a statement following additional reports of layoffs in the coal industry:

“Additional layoffs and mine closures are heartbreaking for our miners, their families and the communities in which they live. These cutbacks affect more than just those directly employed – they affect suppliers, support services and retailers whose businesses depend on these companies and their employees.

“We recognize market forces play a large role in these decisions; however, the market is also being forced to react to overreaching regulations from the EPA. For years, we have warned the EPA of the consequences of its irresponsible mandates. We will continue to oppose EPA policies that have devastating impacts on West Virginia miners, their families and our communities.

“At the same time, we will continue to reach out to displaced miners and their families to offer support and retraining assistance through Workforce West Virginia programs. We are creating new jobs in West Virginia, and we are committed to ensuring all West Virginians have access to the education and training they need to not only fill these positions but secure a bright future in the Mountain State now and for years to come.”

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