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Monday, April 28, 2014

Environment - "IDEM chief: Obama climate change plan bad for Hoosiers"

Lauri Harvey Keagle's story April 25th in the NWI Times began:

HAMMOND | Indiana's top environmental official on Friday said the president's plan to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants is bad for Hoosier residents and businesses.

"Indiana is based on low-cost electricity," said Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Tom Easterly. "The economy and the businesses we have are. Having those businesses leave the country is not going to help worldwide greenhouse gas emissions at all and it certainly isn't going to help Hoosiers."

Easterly's comments came during a presentation to the Partners for Clean Air annual kick-off luncheon at Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond. The Environmental Protection Agency is calling for stringent rules on new coal-fired power plants and plans to release tougher rules for existing coal-fired plants in June.

Easterly said Obama's plan would create "very expensive changes to our electricity sector," noting Indiana is an energy- and coal-producing state.

"I have serious concerns about how long we're going to be able to run our existing power plants," Easterly said.

Easterly said he believes the plan will increase the cost of doing business in the state, with the costs being passed down to consumers.

"We have a lot of homeowners who can't pay their bills," he said.

Easterly said he has spent the last two weeks traveling the country to meet with other leaders on how states might be able to combat the new standards.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 28, 2014 09:44 AM
Posted to Environment