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Delegation welcomes EPA emission plan

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WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - Vermont's congressional delegation is praising President Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

The new rules will give states until the middle of 2018 in some cases to determine how they'll reach their targets. Vermont is the only state not covered under the EPA rule proposed Monday because there are no in-state fossil fuel-fired power plants. In a release, Senator Bernie Sanders said he welcomed the new plan, and that Vermont will be able to collaborate with other states in the region to meet a multi-state goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Senator Patrick Leahy said the rules will also prevent thousands of premature deaths and asthma attacks caused by particulate matter and ozone emissions.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont said he was pleased with the plan's efforts to promote energy efficiency as a key remedy to carbon emissions, and that Vermont is already leading the nation in that sector. "Congress should be all in on this. Ya know, we should be doing much more on energy efficiency. We should be doing much more to make the transition to cleaner energy sources. Some of the things that need to be done do require statutory approval. It's tough in our Congress to get it. I'm pushing my colleagues to say, hey, there's real opportunity here if we clean up our environment and build clean energy infrastructure," said Welch.


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