Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) led a delegation of state officials, mine industry representatives and union officials to the White House Thursday to lobby the administration to adopt more coal-friendly policies.

(Joshua Roberts/Reuters) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

During the nearly hour-long meeting Thursday morning with Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy and White House legislative affairs director Miguel Rodriguez, Manchin and others argued the EPA needed to scale back its plans to impose stricter rules on both the burning and disposal of coal. Other attendees included West Virginia Gov. Ray Tomblin (D), Rep. Nick Jo Rahall (D-W.Va.) and representatives from the United Mine Workers and the National Mining Association.