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Central Illinois Businesses Prep For Carbon Rules

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 05:10:43 CDT
By: Sarah Beckman

Central Illinois Businesses Prep For Carbon Rules New carbon emission regulations will be announced today for power plants, and Illinois environmental experts say they're ready for the changes. Since coal power plants, like the one in Pekin, are responsible for more than 40 percent of the country's carbon footprint, the Environmental Protection Agency is making new rules for plants. Illinois Commerce Commission director, Doug Scott, says he expects a smooth transition to the new standards.

"We think that we're very well situated to approach this rule because of things like our very robust energy efficiency standard, working with the company, working with environmental organizations."

Business groups and congressional Republicans are likely to challenge the new regulations in court. Opponents of carbon rules have argued earlier limits on auto emissions would hurt manufacturers and the economy.

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