The Caspar Star-Tribune reports:
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and members of the state’s congressional delegation reacted quickly on Friday to new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules to limit carbon emissions from future coal-fired power plants, saying they would cripple the coal industry as well as clean-coal research.
Meanwhile, some environmental groups point to recent unsuccessful efforts by the federal government to lease new coal tracts in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin as proof the nation needs to re-examine its policies for selling public coal reserves.
The EPA on Friday announced the first national limits on carbon pollution from future power plants. The agency also is developing tougher standards on existing plants as part of the Obama administration’s push to address global warming.
Wyoming is the nation’s top coal-producing state and draws nearly $1 billion a year from its share of the proceeds from coal production on federal lands.
“This latest EPA proposal would be damaging to Wyoming, the nation’s top coal supplier,” Mead said Friday. “The standards for coal-fired power generation in the proposed rule are unachievable and will arrest research, development and commercialization of clean technologies.”