Indiana environmentalists cheer new EPA emissions standards

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President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana environmental groups are applauding President Barack Obama’s newly announced mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

The cuts were announced Monday and are even more stringent than expected. They call for a 32 percent reduction in power plant carbon dioxide pollution by 2030.

The Sierra Club’s Jodi Perras heralds the president’s announcement as “historic” and says Indiana power plants are among the biggest power plant polluters in the U.S.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence has previously signaled that he will fight the new rules, which will be administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. His administration is expected to comment on the rules later Monday.

Pence has said he will refuse to submit a emissions reduction plan to the EPA, as called for under the new regulations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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