EPA “Perplexed” With State of Wisconsin’s Reliance on Coal

EPA “Perplexed” With State of Wisconsin’s Reliance on Coal

In reacting to the EPA’s Climate Action Plan rules last week, the administration of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined utilities in stating the rule would hurt the state and asked for utilities to receive credit for steps already taken to produce energy from cleaner sources than coal. Walker said he was concerned about the legality of the rule as well as its potential effect on customers’ energy bills. Environmental groups and others praised the EPA for taking steps to address a key source of carbon pollution.

EPA regional administrator Susan Hedman didn’t respond specifically to the Walker administration’s concerns but said during a talk with local business representatives at the University Club, “I always am perplexed when I read that the State of Wisconsin, which doesn’t produce any coal, does not see economic opportunity in making a change.” She said  “I often have a mental image of the coal trains that come into the state: They bring coal in, they leave it at the power plant and they leave the state with piles of ratepayer cash.”

Read the full story here from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 9, 2014