The radicals in Obama’s EPA are trying to bankrupt coal-powered electric plants which helps Obama with two of his goals. Skyrocketing energy prices and bankrupting the coal industry to make his green energy scheme a reality.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met a deadline Thursday on a plan to control emissions from three Arizona power plants that it contends have impaired visibility at places like the Grand Canyon.
The Associated Press reports that the EPA had proposed approving Arizona’s air-quality plan to reduce sulfur dioxide and soot at the Apache coal-fired plant in Cochise, along with the Cholla and Coronado plants. But when it came to nitrogen oxide emissions, the EPA suggested the state’s plan didn’t go far enough and came up with one of its own.
The conflict highlights the tension between the EPA and businesses after an election season in which the notion of heavy-handed environmental regulations became a popular argument for Republican candidates. Arizona and the administration of Republican Gov. Jan Brewer contend the EPA’s proposals would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, causing utility rates to sharply increase for residents.
Instead of low nitrogen-oxide burners, the EPA hinted it might require that some of plants’ older units be equipped with selective catalytic reduction technology to keep 17,000 tons nitrogen oxide from being released into the air and causing visibility issues at 18 national parks and wilderness areas.
“Regardless of what technology we use to meet the new standard, it’s going to have hugely negative financial impact on plant operations and the mostly-rural an economically disadvantaged rural customers who use its power – and even the ADEQ’s studies show it won’t make any difference to hikers or anyone else who is looking for improved visibility,” Oldfather said.
“We’ll look at the viability of various pollution control technologies combined with operational options to achieve the reductions called for in this ruling,” Oldfather said. “Regardless of how we do it, it’s going to be expensive and will ultimately affect a disproportionate number of our customers who live at or below the federal poverty level,” Oldfather said. He said between 25 and 30 percent of rural users of electricity are at that level, which, for a family of four in the areas served by AEPCO, is less than $24,363 a year. SCR technology, combined with combustion controls may still be necessary to achieve the new level and that would result in a minimum wholesale rate increase of 17.5 percent and a retail rate increase to member/customers of 12 percent to 20 percent.