Clean-air rules as­sailed as too much, too lit­tle

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

DEN­VER (AP) — Hun­dreds of peo­ple across the coun­try lined up Tues­day to tell the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency that its new rules for power-plant pol­lu­tion ei­ther go too far or not far enough.

The agency is hold­ing hear­ings this week in At­lanta, Den­ver, Pitts­burgh and Wash­ing­ton on Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s plan to cut car­bon-diox­ide emis­sions by 30 per­cent by 2030, with 2005 lev­els as the start­ing point. The rules are in­tended to curb global warm­ing.

Coal mines, elec­tric util­i­ties, la­bor unions, en­vi­ron­men­tal groups, re­new­able en­ergy com­pa­nies, govern­ment agen­cies, re­li­gious and civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tions and oth­ers sent rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the hear­ings.

John Kinkaid, a Mof­fat County, Colorado, com­mis­sioner, told the EPA in Den­ver the rules would dev­as­tate his area, home to a ma­jor power plant.

AP Photo/John Minchillo

In this July 23, 2014 photo, young adults and small chil­dren ac­com­pa­nied by par­ents re­ceive free lunches at the Get Ready 2 Go truck in the Flush­ing neigh­bor­hood of the Queens bor­ough of New York. The city’s De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has turned to food trucks as part of its summer meals pro­gram. The pro­gram tries to make sure the chil­dren who qual­ify for re­duced-price or free meals dur­ing the aca­demic year don’t lose out just be­cause school’s closed.

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