- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission are meeting next month over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

The public meeting will assess the state’s pollution reduction target under EPA’s alternate proposals and offer an economic analysis and a grid reliability study.

The federal agency issued its Clean Power Plan proposal in June, which for the first time regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA plans to finalize the rule by June 1, 2015.

States must submit their plans - which can include a mix of options, including efficiency improvements at existing power plants, energy efficiency on the part of customers, renewable energy and more - to EPA by June 30, 2016.

In some cases, extensions may be allowed.

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