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Resolution to exclude La. from federal proposed guidelines related to coal passes Senate committee

State Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Gray (Source: James deGraauw/WAFB) State Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Gray (Source: James deGraauw/WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A resolution to exclude Louisiana from following proposed guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed a Senate committee without objection Tuesday morning.

HCR 29, authored by Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Gray, would mean the EPA can't tell the state's six coal-fired power plants to greatly reduce their emissions.

Federal regulators want coal plants to cut emissions dramatically by 2030. Critics say regulations mean consumers' electric bills will increase between 20 percent and 25 percent next decade.

"They're shutting down our coal-fired plants and have no backup plan for the power sources needed for those areas of our state and other states throughout the country," Harrison said.

"It's really unnecessary and it gives the impression that Louisiana, again, does not want to abide by pollution standards," stated Kathy Wascom with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network.

The measure now goes to the Senate floor.

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