Ohio Bill Curbing Carbon-Rule Impact Advances

A bill with bipartisan support would require any such plan from Ohio to protect electric affordability and reliability and to minimize effects on industrial, commercial and residential consumers(Photo: Flickr)
A bill with bipartisan support would require any such plan from Ohio to protect electric affordability and reliability and to minimize effects on industrial, commercial and residential consumers(Photo: Flickr)

An Ohio House committee has approved a bill intended to limit the state impact of a newly announced federal plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the rule Monday, part of President Barack Obama’s goal of reducing pollution linked to global warming.

The federal action would give states years to submit plans to cut power plant pollution.

Ohio’s bill would require any such plan coming from the state to protect electric affordability and reliability and to minimize harm to industrial, commercial and residential consumers. The panel’s approval sends it to the House floor.

Some states that rely heavily on coal have objected to the federal effort. Ohio gets 70 percent of its electricity from coal.

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