Update on the Cutting Down of Carbon Dioxide

Aug 20, 2014

Interest in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut the nation’s emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 percent by 2030 is running very high recently.

Denver is one of four locations for public hearings the EPA will hold on the issue. The other locations are Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Pittsburgh.

According to the EPA’s information map on the plan, Colorado’s goal is to lower its CO2 output about 35 percent, to 1,108 pounds of carbon in 2030, compared to levels recorded in 2005.

The plan is the first time the government has tried to cut carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from existing power plants, considered the “single largest source” of carbon pollution in the nation.

The EPA said it’s received about 300,000 comments on the proposal, and expects to hear from about 1,600 people during the public hearings.

If you’d like to get involved but can’t make it to the hearings, the EPA is still collecting comments via email, fax or letter until October 16.

Cleaner air means healthier communities, and we are grateful for a state that works toward these goals. Check out the Alaris Gratitude Corner and be sure to follow us on Twitter.

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