The battle over environmental regulations has reached a fever pitch in Kentucky. The EPA is proposing a package of major policy rules aimed at curbing emissions from coal-fired plants, drawing widespread opposition from business interests. Backers of the Kentucky's coal mining industry are fighting the EPA over regulations, with some going so far as saying Kentucky should be a "sanctuary," protected from all EPA regulations.
The fight in Kentucky surrounds the permits for surface mines. The EPA says it has an obligation to protect water quality throughout Appalachia and scores of permits, mostly for surface mining, have been held up. We take a closer look at those affected by the fight between the environment and the economy continues.