Barb Swan
  • ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Friends of coal are certain they know the enemy.

    They fault President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency for new clean air rules they deride as a devastating blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that has been the lifeblood of Appalachia for generations. The agency standards imposed earlier this year tightened limits on existing coal powered-plant emissions while guidelines on restricting greenhouse gases could affect new plants as early as 2013.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 10, 2012, 2:30 AM EST