State officials discuss pollution plan at meeting
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will meet Monday to discuss a plan to reduce carbon pollution in the state.
At the meeting, officials will discuss the implications of the Clean Power Plan released in June by the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed standards would require Missouri to reduce its carbon pollution by 21 percent in 2030.
A main concern is how to make the proper pollution cuts without damaging the economy.
"Missouri has an opportunity to create jobs, spur energy innovation, and protect our health with a strong state plan that curbs carbon pollution," said Heather Navarro of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.
The Missouri Coalition for the Environment reported power plants in Missouri released 87 million tons of carbon pollution in 2011, the equivalent of 18 million cars.
The Natural Resources Defense Council performed a detailed economic analysis that found a potential to create 3,900 efficiency-related jobs while cutting pollution.