State moves to comply with EPA Clean Power Plan | Arkansas Blog

Monday, August 24, 2015

State moves to comply with EPA Clean Power Plan

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Yes, I suppose it is news when heads of two Arkansas state agencies — headed by Republicans, even — comply with the federal law. It hasn't stopped the governor from prohibiting women access to gynecological services of their choice, as Medicaid requires; nor has it stopped the legislature from passing laws aimed at legalizing discrimination against gay people despite the Constitution's promise of equal protection.

The Sierra Club explains and lauds law compliance on the Clean Power Plan:

Today, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission announced the beginning of an effort to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. ADEQ Director Becky Keogh and PSC Chair Ted Thomas discussed the reconvening of a stakeholder group to begin considering how Arkansas will reduce its CO2 emissions by 36% by the year 2030.

In response, the Sierra Club of Arkansas released the following statement from Director Glen Hooks:

"The Sierra Club commends the ADEQ and PSC for moving forward on carbon reduction planning. While some national political figures are urging states to simply ignore the Clean Power Plan, Director Keogh and Chairman Thomas are showing responsible, nonpartisan leadership that is good for Arkansas. By working together with all stakeholders, Arkansas can take charge of writing its own plan that will dramatically improve our health, our environment, and our economy.

"While it is unfortunate that Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is still pursuing what will ultimately be another failed legal challenge to the Clean Power Plan, Sierra Club looks forward to working closely with those who are committed to cleaning up our air and our energy supply. By working together, we can create thousands of new clean energy jobs here in our state, all while improving our air quality and protecting the health of Arkansans."

Mark Carter of Arkansas Business reports on remarks today by Keogh and Thomas. Both noted reductions in goals to reduce pollution in the final rule. They also said the state will continue to litigate and fight the reduction in pollutants as a burden on industry. Proponents say savings in health and stimulus of development of alternate energy will more than overcome costs to utility companies to reduce emission of dangerous chemicals.

Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016
  • Payday lenders on the march at legislature

    Payday lenders are working hard to get legislative cover for the reintroduction of their usurious loan business to Arkansas. Some are fighting back.
    • Mar 10, 2017
  • Saturday's open line

    Got any thoughts? Put them here.
    • May 21, 2016

Most Shared

  • Conflicts of interest in the legislatures

    The Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press collaborated for a project aimed at highlighting state legislators whose lawmaking might be affected by private business interests.
  • Industrial hemp pilot program coming soon to Arkansas

    One of the booths at this week's Ark-La-Tex Medical Cannabis Expo was hosted by the Arkansas Hemp Association, a trade group founded to promote and expand non-intoxicating industrial hemp as an agricultural crop in the state. AHA Vice President Jeremy Fisher said the first licenses to grow experimental plots of hemp in the state should be issued by the Arkansas State Plant Board next spring.
  • Cats and dogs

    I've always been leery of people who dislike animals. To my wife and me, a house without dog hair in the corners and a cat perched on the windowsill is as barren as a highway rest stop. We're down to three dogs and two cats, the smallest menagerie we've had for years.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation