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8:52 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Meeting Set To Discuss Carbon Pollution Reduction In Arkansas

John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant
The coal-fired John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant in Fulton, Arkansas.

A meeting is set at which utilities and Arkansas officials are to discuss new federal rules that are to reduce carbon pollution.

The state Public Service Commission and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are to hold the public meeting at 9 a.m. June 25 at the ADEQ office in North Little Rock.

The new federal rules restrict carbon pollution from existing power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to have a final set of rules in place by July 1, 2015.

States have to get their plans in place one year later. The government wants utilities to combine energy efficiency, renewable energy and power plant improvements to reduce emissions.