The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to hold a ``listening session'' in Chicago to gather input on its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The daylong meeting will be held Friday at the EPA's regional headquarters. A 2007 Supreme Court decision says the EPA is required to regulate carbon dioxide if it poses a threat to public health. So far, the agency has proposed carbon standards for future coal- and gas-fired plants. Over the next year, it'll develop carbon regulations for existing plants, which are responsible for about 40 percent of U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions. Environmental groups are urging strict limits on plants. But two dozen Illinois lawmakers sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy warning that tough new limits could hurt Illinois' economy and jobs.
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