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EPA: Indiana must cut carbon emissions 20 percent by 2030

Updated: July 4, 2014 6:14AM



INDIANAPOLIS — Coal-dependent Indiana has to cut carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2030 under new requirements outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Indiana has three years to come up with a plan to achieve the reductions, which were announced Monday by the EPA.

But some experts say the state government and energy industry have already taken steps toward that goal, such as switching old coal-fired power plants to cleaner natural gas.

Doug Gotham of the Purdue-based State Utility Forecasting Group says moves like that will help Indiana move in the right direction to meet the 2030 goals.

Jodi Perras of the Indiana Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign says most Indiana power plants are aging and need to be replaced.

EPA says Indiana gets 80 percent of its electricity from coal.

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., in a written statement criticized the Obama administration, saying the president was trying to “circumvent Congress” with the policy change.

“The EPA’s proposed rules amount to a backdoor energy tax that will damage Indiana’s economy and hike electric bills for all Hoosiers,” Coat said in the statement. “To date, the utility industry has spent tens of billions in capital investment for air pollution controls resulting in significant declines in emissions. Our state is highly reliant on coal power plants, which provide Hoosiers with good jobs and some of the most affordable, reliable electricity in the nation.”

Contributing: Sun-Times Media



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