EPA Meeting In Chicago To Discuss Coal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to hold a "listening session" in Chicago to gather input on its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The daylong meeting will be held Friday at the EPA's regional headquarters.

A 2007 Supreme Court decision says the EPA is required to regulate carbon dioxide if it poses a threat to public health. So far, the agency has proposed carbon standards for future coal- and gas-fired plants.

Over the next year, it'll develop carbon regulations for existing plants, which are responsible for about 40 percent of U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions.
Environmental groups are urging strict limits on plants.

But two dozen Illinois lawmakers sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy warning that tough new limits could hurt Illinois' economy and jobs.

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