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WV's Congressional Delegation Reacts to Planned Power Plant Shutdowns

West Virginia's congressional delegation is blasting the Environmental Protection Agency over word that three power plants will close.

The eventual shutdown of American Electric Power Co. Inc. plants in Moundsville, Glasgow and New Haven will cost 242 jobs.

AEP says it's also shutting two plants in Ohio and Virginia because EPA's deadline to comply with strict new air pollution standards is unrealistic.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says EPA should be reined in and prevented from what he calls "overstepping their bounds."

Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito says EPA too often fails to consider the economic impact of its rules and regulations.

Capito says she's demanding EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson produce documentation that cumulative economic impact and jobs were considered when rules for power plants were being written.

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