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From the Southern Illinoisan:
Jackson said the negative impact on Saline County is from regulations placed on coal mines by the government.Obama--and the Democratic Party which Phelps belongs to--are waging a war on coal. And jobs.
"We know that those places wouldn't be closing if it wasn't for (President) Obama and the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the regulations on burning coal,” he said.
State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said while the shutdown does affect residents in his area, he is not sure how many people were impacted.
"I have no idea how many because I haven't heard from anybody," he said.