Public To Weigh In On EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Environmental Protection Agency officials are expecting to get an earful about new air quality rules for coal-fired power plants at a two-day public hearing that begins Monday in Denver.

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan requires a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions nationwide by the year 2030. For Colorado, that means it must reduce its emissions by as much as 38 percent.

The rule is expected to draw scorn from the coal industry, which says the rules will hurt jobs and raise the price of electricity. The Obama administration says it will save the average family money. Some environmental groups believe that cleaner air will improve health, and will save lives.

The EPA will gather public comment later this week in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.