14 Jun '11, 3am
Dirty tricks: American Electric Power threatens firings to stop pollution controls
(AEP), a major utility company that owns plants from Texas to Virginia, announced that it plans to close 21 coal-fired electricity units rather than invest in reducing their toxic air pollution to comply with the forthcoming Environmental Protection Agency reduction requirements [PDF]. In reality, AEP is threatening to shut down these plants to stoke congressional and public opposition to EPA's efforts to reduce toxic air pollution. So far, several legislators have risen to the bait, including Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). Both have again attacked EPA for attempting to protect children and others from cancer-causing air pollution. Other utilities, however, support EPA's requirements, which are also job creators.