Indiana Joins EPA Regulation Challenge

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the regulation would require costly upgrades. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the regulation would require costly upgrades.

Indiana is joining more than 20 other states in filing a legal challenge to a new Environmental Protection Agency rule aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The challenge contends the EPA has exceeded its authority granted under the Clean Air Act and created "a burdensome rule."

The rule would require existing power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by between 30 and 38 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the regulation would require costly upgrades and increase operation costs.

Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of a group of states, including Indiana, which challenged the EPA's regulation of mercury emissions.

West Virginia is the lead petitioner. Others taking part in the challenge include Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality also is a member of the coalition.

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