People in Gillette speak out on proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan

Published: Mar. 27, 2018 at 8:19 PM MDT
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On Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency hosted a listening session in Gillette on their proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

Black Hills FOX Reporter Katrina Lim hears from people on both sides on the issue.

The Clean Power Plan was a set of standards finalized three years ago by the EPA.

These standards set out to limit the amount of carbon dioxide emissions coming from power plants.

Out of the 250 plus audience members present today, more than 100 spoke out at the listening session.

One speaker said the EPA should keep the Clean Power Plan the way it is because it helps prevent climate change, which he says has a big impact on national security.

Member of the Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club Mike Jarnevic says, "When you have place that are flooded or burning or various aspects of the implications of climate change, that leads to things like famine and war."

On the other hand, Wyoming Senator John Barrasso says the CPP overstepped boundaries and cost people thousands of jobs in the coal industry.

John Barrasso U.S. Senator for Wyoming says, "But the regulations, so burdensome, so expensive, punishing regulations, costing people their jobs, their livelihood, and certainly hurting the state of Wyoming where so much of the money that uses to build schools and facilities comes from using our resources that we've been so blessed with."

Shaina Oliver traveled from Denver, Colorado to testify how repealing the plan would be detrimental to Indian reservations.

She says her people already have many birth defects and high suicide rates because they are disconnected with the environment.

Moms Clean Air Force Shaina Oliver says, "My people, the indigenous people, we're the guinea pigs of all of the industrial fossil fuel industry. What's happening to us will happen to the rest of the people in the world."

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is for the repeal and says they are working on harnessing carbon for other uses right here in coal country.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says, "Actually it's a contest that we have at the Integrated Test Center. $10 million prize to the team to figure out how to not only capture and utilize CO2 off an actual working coal fire plant, but creates such things as graphene, fertilizer, or feed stock for other petrochemicals."

EPA Regional Administrator Doug Benevento says the D.C. Court of Appeals is expected to issue a ruling at some point on the CPP.

The EPA says that they are taking into account comments from today and previous listening sessions in order to determine what steps to take to move forward.