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Va. environmentalists cheer new US pollution limits

Tuesday - 3/27/2012, 2:43pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Environmental groups in Virginia are hailing new Obama administration limits on carbon pollution from new power plants.

They say the new rules announced Tuesday will protect public health in Virginia and help spur innovation in so-called clean technologies.

The first-ever limits on heat-trapping pollution from new power plants are moving forward despite protests from industry and Republicans. They argue the regulation will raise electricity prices and kill off coal.

Some environmental groups say the new limits don't go far enough because the regulation "grandfathers" in existing plants.

In Virginia, the Sierra Club and other groups are battling a proposed coal-fired power plant in Surry County.

The $5 billion plant still faces a long list of environmental hurdles.

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Online: http://epa.gov/carbonpollutionstandard/


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