President to announce tougher rules for power plants

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Monday, President Barack Obama will announce tougher rules to limit pollution from power plants.

The President will use his executive powers to tackle carbon dioxide emissions that are blamed for global warming.

The plan is to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

“In just the first year that these standards go into effect, up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks will be avoided, and those numbers will go up from there,” President Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday.

24-Hour News 8 reached out to Indianapolis Power & Light Company. A spokesperson said they’re waiting to see how exactly the new rules will work.

Brandi Davis-Handi at IPL released the following statement:

The new rules are expected to be released on June 2.  At that time our we will have a better idea of how we will be impacted.  However, based on IPL’s current plans, GHG emissions will have been reduced by 20%  in 2017 compared to 2005. The plans to refuel two units at Harding Street from coal to natural gas will reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent. 

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