Clean air rules assailed as too much, too little

Dan Elliott, Associated Press
July 29, 2014
Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

FILE - In this June 2, 2014 file photo, a hill of coal is seen at the North Omaha Station, a coal-burning power station, in Omaha, Nebraska. Hundreds of people have signed up to tell the EPA what they think of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants during public hearings to take place in Denver on July 29 and 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

DENVER (AP) -- Hundreds of people across the country are telling the Environmental Protection Agency its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.

The agency is holding hearings starting Tuesday in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

Denver's hearing got underway with Moffat County, Colorado, Commissioner John Kinkaid saying the rules would devastate the economy in his county, home to a major power plant.

Retired coal miner Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, Kentucky, traveled to Denver to tell the EPA that coal-fired plants are crippling public health. He urged the agency to do more.

The EPA expects 1,600 people to speak in the four cities. The agency also has received more than 300,000 written comments.