EPA Administrator Defends Clean Power Plans
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to hold public hearings this week about the proposed Clean Power Plan. The hearings are being held in Washington, Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh. Each hearing last two days.
The administrations plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants has been sharply criticized by some West Virginia politicians, political candidates, the coal industry and others who say it will hurt West Virginia’s economy.
But in a conference call with reporters this morning EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy tried to smooth over such criticism.
“You’ll see that the states that are heavily coal generation now will remain heavily coal generation in the future.” McCarthy says. “Every fuel supply will be able to continue to succeed in a low carbon future under these plans and every state will be able to design their own plan in ways that enhance their own communities."
The EPA predicts that when the plan in fully implemented in 2030, carbon emissions from coal fired power plants will be 30 percent lower. McCarthy insists the Clean Power Plan is necessary to combat climate change.