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U.S. To Reduce Carbon Pollution By 30 Percent Before 2030

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(WLNS) - The environmental protection agency announced Monday it will work with all kinds of energy providers in the U.S. to end one type of pollution.

6 News Sharon Yoo tells us how "clean energy" is be the big focus.

The universal energy goal is set. The environmental protection agency announced Monday that by 2030 all power plants in the nation will cut carbon pollution by 30 percent from what levels were in 2005.

“The science is clear. The risks are clear. And the high cost of climate inaction keep piling up,” said Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.

Local energy providers like Consumers Energy in Jackson have already started working towards the 2030 goal.

 “We'll be retiring our seven oldest coal plants. They'll be retired by the second quarter of 2016. These are plants that served Michigan well,” said Daniel Bishop, media relations, Consumers Energy. They may have served Michigan well, but are now too old to efficiently produce energy without harming the environment.

Instead Consumers is turning to nature for what the EPA calls clean energy.

“We're also building our second wind park up in Tuscola County, so overall Consumers is the leading supplier in renewable energy.”

Renewable energy doesn't necessarily mean higher energy bills for those at the end of the plug.

“It's actually cheaper to build a new wind farm in Michigan to actually continue to run those aging old plants,” said Brad VanGuilder, Sierra Club.

The EPA estimates that with the new goal the nation could prevent up to 6,600 premature deaths and 150,000 asthma attacks in children.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is also replacing its coal fired boilers in Lansing’s Reo Town plant.

That reportedly will reduce BWL’s "coal use" by over 350,000 tons every year.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern
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