McConnell bashes EPA in speech to coal group

LEXINGTON, KY (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is bashing the Environmental Protection Agency in a harsh critique delivered to a coal group.

The Kentucky Republican claims federal regulators have "declared war" on the coal industry. McConnell said in his speech Wednesday that it's time for Congress to rein in the agency created by fellow Republican Richard Nixon decades ago.

In prepared remarks for his speech to the Kentucky Coal Association in Lexington, McConnell accuses the EPA of "changing the rules in the middle of the game" with its regulations. The result, he said, has put many Kentucky mining operations in limbo.

McConnell has proposed legislation that would require the EPA to move faster in granting federal permits needed to open coal mines.

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