CHEYENNE — Gov. Matt Mead says the Environmental Protection Agency should drop a proposed rule on carbon dioxide emissions standards for new power plants.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Mead says the proposal would be particularly damaging to Wyoming, which is the nation’s leading coal producing state.
The governor says the proposed standards are unachievable and will arrest research, development and commercialization of clean technologies.
He says it would have grave implications on the continuing viability of coal as an energy source and on the economic stability of Wyoming and the nation.
In March, the EPA issued guidelines that could limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as 2013.