- Associated Press - Saturday, September 13, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality has released a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, raising objections to EPA’s proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

The letter from DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch was released Friday. It says EPA is exceeding its authority with the rules and that it made errors and omissions in the data used to calculate Louisiana’s carbon emission reduction goals.

The EPA rules announced in June set a goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent nationwide from 2005 levels. The goal’s deadline is 2030.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has long said that strong carbon standards are needed. She has emphasized that states will have flexibility in developing plans to reduce carbon output.

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