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Pennsylvania lawmakers eye carbon pollution plan

Published On: Jun 19 2014 08:14:53 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania's House is taking steps to try to ensure lawmakers have the final say over any state plan to comply with proposed new federal rules to cut carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.

A House bill introduced yesterday to require legislative approval of Pennsylvania's state plan was promptly scheduled for an Environmental Resources and Energy Committee vote next week.

Republican Governor Tom Corbett is critical of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule, saying he's worried it will damage Pennsylvania's coal industry. His opponent in November's election, Democrat Tom Wolf, says it provides an opportunity for leadership from the governor.

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States won't have to submit a state plan before 2016. The EPA would establish a plan for a state that doesn't submit a plan, or a plan it approved.