Lawmakers Want EPA to Protect Coal

Published on March 14, 2014 at 11:14AM

Utah lawmakers want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find ways to allow coal-burning electricity plants to continue to operate with commercially demonstrated technologies. The House passed a bill to protect coal-burning as the EPA considers new clean-air standards. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Sen. David Hinkins of Orangeville worries the EPA is considering such strict changes that coal-fired plants in his area will be forced out of business, even while coal would still be burned in places outside the United States that do not have as many pollution controls. Sen. Hinkins told The Tribune that “It’s either going to be burned clean in the United States, or it’s going to get burned openly in other countries like India and China. I’d just like to see us have cheap, affordable power for our citizens, especially Utah.”