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Illinois Lawmaker says EPA Needs To Relax Energy Regulations

Illinois is home to one of the cleanest coal plants in the U.S. but State Representative Mike Bost says it's sometimes tough to operate because of the ever-changing EPA rules.

Bost says the federal EPA keeps putting tougher emissions laws in place. 

He says the standards are so tight that Illinois can't even burn most of its own coal. 

It has to be put on a barge and shipped overseas to places like India and China. 

Bost would like to see that changed. 

He's calling on Congress to reign in some of the EPA standards so the mining industry in southern Illinois can continue to thrive.