Thursday, December 23, 2010


EPA Plans To Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The federal EPA announced its plan Thursday to begin to regulate greenhouse gas emissions next year. The EPA says it will propose "new performance standards" for power plants by next July and final standards by May 2012. Industry officials say EPA's proposals will be very costly and the utility companies will have to raise rates on consumers to pay for technology, if there is any, to meet the standards. Opponents also say the standards could result in industry layoffs. Environmentalists are hailing the decision, saying cutting carbon pollution will improve the health and welfare of residents. The standards will also impact oil refineries. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he will work with Senator Jay  Rockefeller and other Democrats and Republicans who oppose efforts by the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases in a way that causes economic uncertainty for West Virginia businesses and their employees.

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