Washington, D.C. – On Saturday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited B&N Coal Company, Inc. in Noble County to tour their operation and discuss burdensome federal regulations being placed on America’s energy producers. According to the Energy Information Administration, coal is responsible for 40 percent of U.S. electricity and 71 percent of the electricity generated in Ohio. The U.S. has more coal in the ground than any other nation.

“Time after time, small business owners and job creators across Ohio tell me that overregulation is holding them back. We can do better,” said Portman. “I enjoyed visiting B&N Coal Company this weekend to meet with miners and see their good work, as well as talk about ways Washington can help, not hurt, their industry.”

“B&N Coal, Inc. was honored to have U.S. Senator Rob Portman visit our coal mining operation near Macksburg, Ohio. The senator was very interested in learning about the permitting requirements and the environmental improvement that is being gained through remining of the previously mined and unreclaimed lands,” said Roger Osborne, Vice President/Chief Engineer of B&N Coal, Inc. “Now the mining, remining and the burning of coal to generate electricity are being threatened with unnecessary regulation.”

Last year, Portman introduced the Regulatory Accountability Act—bipartisan legislation that modernizes administrative lawmaking by strengthening cost and benefit analysis for all new agency regulations, improving the rulemaking process, and providing a more rigorous examination of the data underlying the most expensive rules.

“Through greater transparency, this commonsense legislation will build a less costly, more stable regulatory environment for job creation and growth,” said Portman.