WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today issued the following statement on the announcement that GenOn Energy will close the Portland Generating Station:

"I was very disappointed to learn GenOn Energy will soon shutter the Slate Belt’s Portland Generating Station, costing over 70 local residents their jobs and eliminating a valuable source of tax revenue for the Bangor Area School District. Last year, I joined U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey in expressing our concern to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its imposed deadline for the Portland facility to comply with costly environmental standards may be premature and could threaten local jobs, reduce reliability and increase energy costs. While I agree steps must be taken to improve local air quality, the potential impact on local jobs must also be taken into account when developing and implementing federal environmental regulations. The EPA must begin cooperating with domestic industries to achieve realistic environmental goals in a manner that does not unduly risk American jobs. Based on today’s announcement, the EPA clearly did not offer the flexibility to meet emission reductions goals the Senators and I recommended.”