LETTER: EPA oversteps bounds with proposed standards

May. 24, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

Dear Editor:

The Environmental Protection Agency is going too far with the new source performance standards that have been proposed to the president. I understand the need to protect our environment; it is a precious resource that we should take care of. These regulations go too far though and will have a negative impact on our lives.

The proposed regulations go beyond what current technology allows when it comes to coal plants. Coal plants in this country have come a long way from when they began and are now running cleaner and more efficiently than ever. These new regulations will prevent new plants from being built and old plants from getting the upgrades they need. The regulations will also severely hinder the ability to continue developing new technologies for cleaner plants.

Coal has long provided a reliable, low-cost source of power for North Carolina, and I would hate to see overzealous regulations take that away. Please contact the Obama administration and tell them to oppose the new source performance standards.

Ronald Rabin

State Senator, District 12