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Rhode Island has a lead on EPA emissions target

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 2, 2014 at 4:50 pm •  Published: June 2, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has given it a jump on new rules proposed by the Obama administration to tackle global warming.

The Environmental Protection Agency plan released Monday sets customized targets for states to cut emissions by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. Some states will be allowed to emit more pollutants and others less, with an overall nationwide reduction of 30 percent.

Rhode Island would have to cut carbon emissions from power plants by about 14 percent from 2012. Rhode Island has the third smallest proposed reduction from 2012 levels, behind North Dakota and Maine.

Janet Coit, director of the Department of Environmental Management, said that officials are still analyzing the proposal, but that the state is on target to meet or exceed emissions goals under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a nine-state market-based regulatory program. The states in the program have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by about 40 percent since 2005.

"Nothing I've heard so far is concerning because of the steps we're already taking," she said.

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