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Sun Editorial: EPA needs to hear your voice

 


Coal-fired plants are being threatened. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. There is one major problem with this proposal. The technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to the standards the EPA has proposed does not exist and working power plants would have to shut down.

The coal units still have significant remaining useful life and pollution reduction were installed when the units were built. Billions have been spent on pollution-control upgrades to meet current EPA regulations. In some cases the costs of these upgrades exceeded the original cost of the power plant.

Ultimately, it will be you who pays the price for these regulations. The cost of the upgrades will be passed on to us, by increasing our electricity rates.

Wyoming is dependent on coal-fired plants for its electricity. Unfortunately, Wyoming has been left out of the listening sessions being held by the EPA.

Now is the opportunity to show the EPA how Wyoming feels about these regulations and demand a listening session be held in Wyoming, one of the top coal-producing states in the United States.

Carbon Power and Light has sample letters, so does the Saratoga-Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce. Make your voice heard. Send a letter to the EPA telling them not to take actions that will increase the cost of energy for you, without hearing what you have to say.

 

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