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Legislators Discuss Clean Air Standards

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A state representative from Hardin County says the Obama Administration hasn’t given enough consideration to the costs associated with adopting new, clean air standards.

In fact, says Republican Tim Moore, it appears that the EPA is deciding energy policy, instead of the Energy Department.

“If it was something that would be good for us in the long run, I guess we can all suck it up and do just that, but it doesn’t sound like this is going to be worth the cost or the pain for any supposed benefit.” –Tim Moore

Moore made his comments at Thursday’s (July 3) hearing of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment.

John Lyons, the Cabinet’s Assistant Secretary  for Climate Policy, says the EPA is giving states flexibility for reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and that helps Kentucky.

Still, as Lyons points out, the state’s utilities are likely to spend five-point-five billion dollars on equipment upgrades to comply with tougher clean air standards. Lyons says it’s difficult to tell what impact that will have on rates for consumers.

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