Emission Regulations on The Western Slope
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION,Colo. On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency hosted state wide listening sessions to discuss emission regulations on sustainable energy.
However, Mesa County Commissioners are hesitant are about the regulations. They say coal provides power to more than 40 percent of electricity on the western slope.
They're afraid that the changes will force people to lose their jobs, and taxes will increase causing an increase on electricity bills. However, some environmentalists say the EPA is just looking for positive solutions.
"When we've gone through such a strong economic downturn it is really important that we keep jobs and we don't have overly burdensome, overly expensive regulations from the federal government,” said Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese.
"The EPA is trying to open the door for a meaningful discussion about our energy future and it does recognize that coal carries a tremendous toll on our climate that's just not something that's being debated right now," said Wild Earth Guardian Climate Director, Jeremy Nichols.
Denver's forum was one of 11 listening discussions that the agency held. There have been no official decisions made yet on the updated regulations.