Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen hosted a town hall in Joseph City last week to address concerns regarding restrictions being imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants.
While the EPA has yet to respond to the latest regional haze proposal submitted from the state, the attack is now focusing on CO2 emissions produced by coal-fired power plants such as Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City, or other plants that use natural gas, petroleum, or any form of solid, liquid or gaseous fuel derived from fossil fuels. This latest endeavor comes after President Obama unveiled the final version of the Clean Power Plan in August.
The plan calls for Arizona to reduce CO2 emissions from in-state power plants by 34 percent by 2030, putting it in the moderate range compared to states throughout the country. The period for mandatory reductions begins in 2020 with what’s being called a “glide path” from that time until 2030. The glide path is a gradual step down in emissions to meet the overall goal in 2030.
Approximately 100 people attended the town hall. Speakers included Allen, District 5 State Representatives Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe, and Eric Massey, Air Quality Division director with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
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