Montana PSC opposes proposed rules on greenhouse gases

2013-04-30T06:15:00Z 2013-04-30T23:27:09Z Montana PSC opposes proposed rules on greenhouse gasesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 30, 2013 6:15 am  • 

HELENA — Montana's Public Service Commission says it opposes proposed federal rules to restrict greenhouse gas emissions for new power plants.

The PSC said in a statement Monday that it sent the Environmental Protection Agency a letter urging the agency to withdraw its proposed rules for new source performance standards.

The five Republican members of the commission said the rules would make it difficult to build any new coal-fired electricity plants in the U.S. They said Montana has large coal reserves and that the proposed rules would be a bane for the state.

The proposal would limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour of electricity.

The rules were proposed in March 2012, but the EPA has delayed issuing a draft of them.

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