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Proposed EPA Regulations Could Harm Indiana Economy

Energy industry representatives who testified before state lawmakers today say the proposed EPA regulations could negatively impact the Indiana economy.

Duke Plant

Photo: Duke Energy(Flickr)

Duke Energy's largest coal-plant in Gibson County, IN.

The proposed EPA regulations would further limit emissions from coal-fired power plants and manufacturing facilities across the state in an effort to improve air quality.  As a result, plants would either have to refit their current systems to meet the new standards or build entirely new ones.  Energy Consultant Bernie Paul said the costs would be too high.

“Everybody in Indiana is going to bear some of that burden,” Paul said. “Because the costs will be passed on to the industrial consumers of electricity and the residential consumers of electricity and the companies that decide that it’s too costly to keep manufacturing in this state.

But Bloomington Representative Matt Pierce said there’s also a cost to health, the environment and the climate if the regulations aren’t put in place.

“Anytime you bring new regulations on, industries usually don’t like them and they build a record of the worst case scenario because they want to challenge the regulations in court,” Pierce said. “They want to show they’re unreasonable.”

Both Pierce and Paul said innovations in producing and transmitting energy will be a major tool in helping settle the debate.

  • Llinmad

    Having the EPA impose strict regulations on the coal fired power plants makes sense.  We can no longer trade clean air, clean water and quality of life for a lower utility bill.  Technology like renewal energy, LED lighting and natural gas will find a way to provide clean energy at affordable rates. 

  • Hoosier

    If we are to examine the TRUE cost of coal, by putting $$ with every asthma attack, heart attack, hospital visit and death associated with these coal plants, then we get a more realistic picture of what they are actually costing communities.

    More people are employed in the wind industry than coal industry today. Renewable options will support local economies and save lives. That sounds win – win to me.

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