Kentucky faces challenging deadline to reduce carbon emissions, lawmakers told


By John Cheves

FRANKFORT — A draft of Kentucky’s response to proposed federal limits on carbon dioxide emissions won’t be available until next month, but the state plans to express concern about the limits’ economic impact, Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters told state lawmakers Friday.

Kentucky will retire the majority of its aging coal-fired power plants in coming decades, making it essential that federal rules on “new sources” of carbon dioxide are reasonable, Peters told the legislature’s Special Subcommittee on Energy. Rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency rely on a technology — carbon capture and storage — that has not yet proven commercially viable at coal plants, he said.

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