Thursday, March 6, 2014

U.S. House passes bill to set achievable standards for coal-fired power plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today released the following statement regarding House passage of the Electricity Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826), a bipartisan bill that she co-sponsored:

“Today, the House passed a commonsense bill to help control soaring energy prices that are hurting Hoosier families and businesses. This bill reins in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and establishes achievable standards for coal-fired power plants while protecting the environment. Under the EPA’s proposed rule for new power plants, emissions standards are so strict that the creation of new coal-fired power plants is effectively prohibited. Such a prohibition comes at the expense of hardworking Hoosiers who will be unfairly forced to pay significantly higher energy bills—dealing a devastating blow to our utilities, businesses, and manufacturing sector. I urge the Senate to join the House and pass this sensible, fair measure to set achievable pollution standards for coal-fired power plants, which will protect hardworking Americans from unnecessary utility rate increases.”

Coal provides more than 80 percent of Indiana’s electricity. In December, Purdue University released a report predicting that Indiana energy prices will rise 32 percent by 2023 due in part to the EPA’s proposed regulations. This increase could have a devastating impact on economic growth and job creation, particularly for highly energy-intensive industries like manufacturing, which is Indiana’s largest industry.

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