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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 1:00am

EPA Holds ‘Clean Power Plan’ Hearings in Atlanta

An estimated 400 people will officially weigh in on the EPA’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” in Atlanta over the next two days. But even more people will make their voices heard in an unofficial capacity.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the proposal last month. It’s designed to cut down on carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.
Under the plan, the EPA would determine individual rates by which each state must reduce its carbon emissions. The policy would give states flexibility to manage their own carbon pollution reduction plans either on their own or by joining multi-state partnerships.

The plan, however, is far from final. The EPA has scheduled a series of public hearings on the proposal this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. That has spurred groups on both sides to organize rallies in favor of and in opposition to the potential policy.

“These rules if they are adopted, we believe, they will kill thousands of jobs and they will raise electricity bills in Georgia,” said Joel Foster with Americans for Prosperity Georgia.

His group and members of the national Americans for Prosperity organization are planning a rally for Tuesday afternoon outside the EPA’s Atlanta Office.

Just a few blocks away, the grassroots group Moms Clean Air Force will be holding what it’s calling a “play-in” at Woodruff Park to show support for the plan. They describe the event as being a more family-friendly option than a sit-in because it will feature activities for children who they say “can’t sit still.”

“Air pollution isn’t just unhealthy to breathe – it threatens our children’s future,” the group wrote on its website. “That’s why moms across the country want to see meaningful action on climate.”

The Atlanta EPA hearings will take place July 29 and 30 at the Omni Hotel inside at CNN Center from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All the speaking slots are full, but those wishing to comment can still do so online.