One of the worst examples of EPA overreach has been its revocation of necessary permits for a mountaintop removal mine in Logan County - after they had been lawfully issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
And who can forget Al Armendariz? The former EPA regional administrator once referred his enforcement philosophy to Roman crucifixions.
He was fired for that, but only after the video went viral and there was a public outcry.
Armendariz landed on his feet. He's now - surprise - the head of the Sierra Club's anti-coal effort in Texas.
Many of us in West Virginia have been complaining since Obama took office about the EPA's open hostility toward coal, but the arguments have not resonated much beyond the coalfields.
After all, who really cares about coal except those of us who are directly impacted by the industry? The average homeowner cares only that the lights come on when they throw the switch.
But the IRS scandal comes along and now the rest of country is finally paying attention to how sprawling and intrusive the federal government can be.
As folks in the coal industry know, this is nothing new.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.