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Wednesday Rundown: EPA Plans for Clean Power and Cutting Emissions

Roland Peschetz

These topics air Wednesday July 30, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.

Clean Power Plan

This week Pittsburgh is one of four U.S. cities holding public hearings on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The goal of the plan is to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants. It’s also considered the cornerstone of President Obama’s climate action plan. The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, and views or arguments concerning the proposed action. Taking part in the conversation is George Ellis, president of the PA Coal Alliance on the importance of coal to the region.

Clean Power Plan Overview

Public hearings are being held in Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday of this week. The plan will set benchmarks for limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants. This is the cornerstone of President Obama's climate action plan. Joining us to discuss the plan in Christina Simeone, director of the Penn Future Energy Center.

Clean Power & Green Labor

Among the people giving testimony at the EPA public hearings are representatives of business, labor and health. Joining us to address the jobs and clean energy aspect of the proposed rule are Joylette Portlock, president of Communitopia and Kim Glass, executive director of the Blue/Green Alliance.

Clean Power & Health

It is expected that the clean power plan will go a long way towards aiding public health. Reduction of asthma attacks and the ability to make strides in fighting respiratory and heart disease are seen as potential benefits. Here to address the health aspect of the clean power plan are Dr. Alan Lockwood of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Kevin Stewart, director of Environmental Health American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic.

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