Governor Mead Blasts EPA Power Plant Rules

By Associated Press – 3 Nov ’14

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants.

The EPA this summer proposed restrictions on existing power plants intended to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. That proposal followed a similar proposal earlier this year to set tough new emissions limits for any new power plant construction.

Wyoming is the nation’s leading coal-producing state. Mead says the EPA proposal would cripple the demand for coal and drive up costs by requiring more electricity production from natural gas.

Mead says the EPA lacks legal authority for the rules. Wyoming and other states are pressing a federal lawsuit challenging the federal agency’s authority.

An EPA spokesman in Denver wasn’t immediately available for comment Wednesday.