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EPA's New Carbon Rules on Thursday's Access Utah

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This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released proposed regulations which would cut carbon pollution from future and existing power plants. Since coal accounts for about 70 percent of Utah’s power generation (twice the national average) our state may be disproportionately affected. 

Tim Wagner, Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club, lauds the proposal, saying it will help “clean up our air, improve the health of our children, and curb the worst effects of climate disruption.” Rep. Chris Stewart R-Utah warns that  "...the costs of this new regulation will be paid for by you and me in the form of increased power bills, fewer jobs, a decrease in the manufacturing sector, and more expensive energy efficient products." We’ll give you a chance to weigh in on this issue on Thursday’s AU. Our guests will include Tim Wagner from the Sierra Club and Mason Baker, General Counsel for Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.