What Will West Virginians Say About Trump’s Pro-Coal Plan?

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When Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee for president in early May of last year, after Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, he celebrated by visiting the second largest coal-producing state in the country.  “We’re going to put the miners back to work. We are going to get those mines open,” Trump said in a speech in Charleston, West Virginia, where thousands of supporters held “TRUMP DIGS COAL” signs. “Oh, coal country. What they have done.”

On Election Day, this section of coal country voted in droves for Trump. So it’s no wonder Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency chose Charleston as the location for a two-day public hearing on repealing coal regulations—the only scheduled hearing on the subject. Starting Tuesday, miners and environmentalists alike will speak directly to EPA officials