Senior policy adviser tells coal sector EPA is here to help

 By  Taylor Kuykendall

A coal sector that has spent much of the past eight years criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration welcomed an official with the Trump administration at an industry event May 4.

EPA Senior Policy Adviser Mandy Gunasekara said she came to the Eastern Fuel Buyers conference, hosted at the Disney Yacht Club in Orlando, Fla., to answer “eight years of questions” and gather information to take back to Washington, D.C.

“It’s very exciting to be here, especially at Disney World. Disney knows how to do happiness right and there’s no better place to be right now than a place that is very inspiring and operates in a smart and effective manner,” Gunasekara said. “That is certainly our goal at EPA.”

Gunasekara, a top Senate aide who previously worked as majority counsel at the U.S. Environment and Public Works Committee, echoed prior statements made by new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who declared “the days of coercive federalism are over.”

“I’m here to talk to you to make sure what we’re doing in D.C. is beneficial for you,” Gunasekara said to attendees at the coal sector conference. “If it’s not working, I want to hear about it so that we can work it out.”

06. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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