Mainers talk climate change, new EPA rules

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Environmental and business leaders gathered Friday for a forum on climate change, to learn how new EPA regulations would impact Maine.

Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. By 2030, the Clean Power Plan would cut carbon emissions by 30% nationwide. Maine is already working toward that goal through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Supporters of the EPA plan say it would even the playing field between the Northeast, where the power is cleaner and more expensive, and other parts of the country where the power is dirtier and cheaper. States that rely heavily on coal will be the hardest hit by the new rules, and lawmakers in those states are already rallying against them.

The EPA is currently accepting public comment here.


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