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Idaho ordered to cut power-plant pollutions

Published June 2, 2014 6:03 pm

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Boise, Idaho • The Obama Administration announced Monday that Idaho will have to cut its carbon pollutants by a third over the next 15 years.

The new standard is part of national initiative aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants as high as 40 percent in some states from their 2005 level.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Idaho's power sector emitted 1 million metric tons of carbon in 2012 and produced 4 million megawatt hours of energy. This means that the state's emission rate was about 340 pounds per megawatt hours.

The EPA proposed that Idaho reduce its rate to 228 pounds per megawatt hours.

Idaho has no coal plants but consumes coal-produced energy from nearby states. According to the EPA, most of Idaho's energy comes from renewable sources.