Gov. Mead: EPA Focus Should Be On Clean Coal

May 13, 2014

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says the plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to require carbon pollution limits on new power plants is too limited and hurts the state’s economy.  During a news conference, Mead was critical of the E-P-A for not following Wyoming’s lead and look at ways to develop clean coal technology.

“I think everybody should have an interest in how we do it in the most environmentally friendly way possible, but when you set a standard that nobody has done yet…to me it looks like you are just shutting off coal completely.”

Mead wrote a letter to the EPA last week expressing his concerns about the agency's plan to require new plants to use carbon capture and sequestration technologies.  Mead said that may not be feasible for larger operations.  On Monday, Mead pointed out that Wyoming is studying ways to make coal cleaner and the governor argues that the EPA should be doing the same thing.