- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency’s regional chief says the Obama administration’s new standards for power plants are an attempt to do on a national basis what’s already happening in New England.

Curt Spalding said Wednesday that New England has been a leader with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and other efforts and that the goal is to create a framework for all states to reduce carbon-monoxide emissions from power plants.

Spalding spoke at the event at the University of Southern Maine.

The Island institute, Maine Medical Association, Friends of Casco Bay and Natural Resources Council of Maine were among the groups that had speakers at the event.