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Appalachian Voices: EPA carbon rule a ‘boon’ for Virginia

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national rule limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants to safeguard public health and help address climate disruption.

Essential to this EPA plan is reducing the demand for electricity from dirty fossil fuels by increasing energy efficiency and the use of clean, renewable resources like wind and solar. This approach will have significant benefits for all American families, particularly in the Appalachian region where residents stand to gain from cleaner water and air, a stronger economy and a safer future.

A statement from Appalachian Voices’ Executive Director Tom Cormons:
Today’s announcement marks a critical opportunity to shift toward cleaner, more sustainable ways to power our lives and in turn create a major economic boost to our region.

By leveraging the Clean Power Plan, Virginia can create tens of thousands of clean energy jobs by expanding energy efficiency and renewable energy markets. By developing a strong state plan, Virginia can reduce pollution while at the same time spur clean energy development and create good-paying jobs. These opportunities are especially important for low income communities and areas directly impacted by recent changes in energy markets.

“Governor McAuliffe is focused on building a New Virginia Economy, including revitalizing communities in southwestern Virginia. The Clean Power Plan can be an especially positive force for change in this region, and we look forward to working with the McAuliffe administration to make that happen.”

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