W.Va. bill requires lawmakers to OK state carbon plan

West Virginia PEPWR

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia Senate panel is considering requiring lawmakers to approve state plans to comply with proposed federal carbon emission standards for coal-fired power plants.

Tuesday, a Senate committee will discuss the bill concerning how the coal-focused state will meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. A House version has passed one committee.

The bill requires the GOP-led Legislature to vote before the state sends compliance plans to the EPA. It also requires a state feasibility report 180 days after the rule is finalized.

In an anti-global warming push, the EPA aims to drop emissions from existing coal-fired plants by 30 percent nationally by 2030, compared to 2005.

West Virginia's reduction would be 19.8 percent by 2030, compared to 2012.

Plans are due June 2017, or June 2018 if states collaborate.

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