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Mississippi Power Plants Could Be Forced To Make Big Cuts In Their Carbon Pollution

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 07 Jun 2014 03:23pm | comments
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Power plants in  Mississippi could be forced to dramatically cut their carbon emissions under a new rule being proposed by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency. M-P-B's Jeffrey Hess reports the rule calls for a nearly 40-percent reduction by the year 20-30.....
 
The rule being proposed would require the state to drop its current carbon out put...which is 1130 pounds per kilowatt hour of electricity...to just under 700 pounds. 
 
Ken Mitchell with the EPA says the goal is to slow the amount of carbon being pumped into the atmosphere and counter the effects of climate change as well as improve the environment.
 
"When you look sat where green house gases are coming from in the United States, power plants are actually the largest concentrated source of emissions. They make up roughly a third of all U.S. carbon emissions," Mitchell said.
 
Environmental activist Jenna Garland with the Sierra Club have applauded the rule calling it the first real step the country has taken to get a handle on carbon which is a major pollution contributing to global climate change.
 
"By cleaning up and modernizing power plants we will begin to clean up our air, cut pollution related illnesses, curb the worst effects of climate disruptions. The Sierra Club thinks that this new carbon protection is going to bring great benefits to Mississippi families," Garland said.
 
Opponents have been deeply critical of the proposed rule calling it a war on coal fired power plans.
 
the state gets about 13-percent of its electricity from coal. 
 
Mississippi Senate Roger Wicker has been particularly harsh, calling it an end-run around congress that is pointless and needlessly economically harmful.
 
"It will vastly increase the price of electricity by double digits. And by the EPA's own admission, it will have a negligible effect on the climate if at all," Wicker said.
 
The EPA did not give any instruction on how Mississippi is to achieve this goal, but suggested using cleaner burning fuels or renewable energy as well as increasing efficiency.
 
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