EPA: Washington must cut emissions by 72 percent

EPA: Washington must cut emissions by 72 percent

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 2: U.S. President Barack Obama, seen through an oval office window, reportedly speaks on a conference call hosted by the American Lung Association and other public health groups to discuss the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change regulations for carbon pollution from power plants June 2, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The obama adminstration announced regulations that are aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 6:09 AM

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state would be expected to cut carbon emissions from its power plants by about 72 percent under the Obama Administration's proposal to tackle global warming.

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The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a plan Monday that sets customized targets for states to cut emissions by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. Some states will be allowed to emit more pollutants and others less, with an overall nationwide reduction of 30 percent.

MORE: EPA to seek deep cuts in carbon emissions from power plants
 
Washington's target cut of 72 percent is the largest rate among states. An EPA spokeswoman says that's because the state is already scheduled to shut down its coal-fired power plant.
 
Gov. Jay Inslee applauded the initiative on Monday, saying the state is moving forward on climate action and its work will be more effective with committed federal allies.
 

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