WAYNESBURG, PA — Among the rolling hills and in the small towns of rural Greene County, where coal long has been king, the news brought shock waves.
Emerald Mine near Waynesburg is closing.
Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said Wednesday that about 500 workers will lose their jobs. A spokesman cited diminishing reserves, sluggish markets and restrictive federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
At least one businessman in the borough some 50 miles south of Pittsburgh believes he knows where to place the blame.