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How Will Proposed Carbon Emission Rules Affect Georgia? Views from Both Sides of the Battle

Georgia Power's Plant Scherer, located in Juliette, GA, in a photo from the website Energy Manager Today.
Georgia Power's Plant Scherer, located in Juliette, GA, in a photo from the website Energy Manager Today.
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  On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants over the next 15 years.  

Environmental advocates called the proposal an important step in addressing how pollution contributes to climate change.  Utility industry leaders said the new rules will cost jobs and raise consumer costs.  

WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with former DeKalb State Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, now the executive director of the non-profit environmental law firm GreenLaw, and with Stan Wise, a member of the state Public Service Commission.