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Air standards on agenda at Wyoming energy summit

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm •  Published: May 20, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Representatives from the state and the utility and mining industries say they expect new limits to be released on carbon dioxide emissions that could hurt the economy.

A two-day energy conference that opened Monday, sponsored by Gov. Matt Mead and the Wyoming Business Report, included panels on oil and uranium. But in a state that collects $1.2 billion in biannual coal revenues, much of the early discussion focused on concern about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new emissions standards for existing coal-fired power plants, which are expected to be released June 2, the Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday.

"We are interested in not just our own state, but also in powering the rest of the country and the world, and I don't think you're going to get there without coal," Mead told KCWY-TV.

Mead said Wyoming's plans for protecting the environment are better than those of the EPA, the station reported.

During the conference, Steve Dietrich, administrator of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality's Air Quality Division, expressed concern that the EPA rules would require companies to use technology that has yet to be commercially proven.

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