New carbon emission regs blasted by Wyo, Nebraska delegations

(Laramie River Station near Wheatland)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) _ Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and members of the state's congressional delegation are blasting new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules to limit carbon emissions from future coal-fired power plants.

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. Mead and the state's congressional delegation say the federal regulations will hurt the state's coal industry and economy.

Mead says the standards for coal-fired power in the proposed rule are unachievable and stop development of clean-coal technologies.

Wyoming Republican Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso are pushing to give Congress, not the EPA, final say over energy regulations.

Nebraska Republican Senators Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer also criticized the proposed regulations. Johanns says "We all want a clean environment, but imposing these untested, costly new regulations that do not cover our international competitors in China, India, Brazil and other places across the globe puts our country at a disadvantage only to pretend our air is somehow walled off from the rest of the earth."

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