WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding the Alpha Natural Resources bankruptcy filing:

“This news is very troubling for West Virginia and the thousands of families who will be impacted,” said Senator Capito. “It’s no surprise that Alpha points to federal policies as part of the reason for its bankruptcy filing, especially when the president is just hours away from announcing the most extreme anti-coal regulations to date. I remain focused on leading the fight against these devastating regulations, starting with a markup of my ARENA Act this week.”

Senator Capito, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, introduced the ARENA Act in May to roll back the so-called “Clean Power Plan.” The full EPW Committee is scheduled to mark up the ARENA Act on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Learn more here.