Environment
9:47 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Beshear Says EPA Ruling Has Flexibility

Fossil fuel-fired power plants, such as this coal-fired one, are major sources of CO2 emissions.
Fossil fuel-fired power plants, such as this coal-fired one, are major sources of CO2 emissions.
Credit NERSC

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says proposed federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants provide the state with some “flexibility” in meeting government targets.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that the nation must reduce carbon emissions created by burning coal by 30 percent.

“I am glad that the EPA recognized that states need flexibility. We tried to make that point with them over and over again as they developed this rule. What I’m concerned about is, I’m not sure they’ve given us as much flexibility as we need.” –Gov. Steve Beshear

An analysis by Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance research arm found that Kentucky could actually be able to increase its carbon emissions up to 4 percent under the EPA rules.