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EPA omits top coal-producing states from listening sessions

Posted: Monday, Nov 4th, 2013

PINEDALE In an effort to receive public input on how best to regulate existing coal-fired power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been holding a series of public listening sessions throughout the country.

In early October, the EPA released proposed regulations that would require new coal-fired power plants to meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour.

All 11 sessions will be held in major metropolitan areas, and the EPA has chosen not to hold seminars in Wyoming, West Virginia or Kentucky the top three coal-producing states in the nation causing a coalition of U.S. Senators to write a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking why.

The coalition, made up entirely of Republicans, includes Sen. Mike Enzi and Sen. John Barrasso, as well as senators from Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Louisiana. Their letter asks McCarthy to add sessions in top coal-producing states, as well as in rural areas, where regulations are likely to have the greatest affect on people who live around and work in areas where coal is produced.

For the complete article see the 11-05-2013 issue.

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