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NJ welcomes carbon emission reduction guidelines

Local News | Jun 03, 2014

NJ welcomes carbon emission reduction guidelines

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Obama administration has announced the details of its plans to reduce carbon emissions from power plants across the United States.

In New Jersey, where less than three percent of electricity is generated by coal, the guidelines released Monday call for emission rates from fossil-fueled power plants to be reduced by 43 percent by 2030.

New Jersey Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese says the announcement won’t have a major impact on New Jersey because the state has already been beating EPA target rates for the past several years.

The New Jersey chapter of The Sierra Club says the regulations are an import step in helping states including New Jersey to combat the effects of climate change.