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Impacts Of New EPA Carbon Regulations Still Uncertain In Arizona

Arizona’s coal fired power plants could be required to significantly cut their carbon emissions. The reductions are part of a nationwide initiative to curb carbon pollution.

The White House released the plan Monday morning. The proposed rule, which takes up more than 640 pages, is complex, to say the least. It outlines a regulatory process that will ultimately require Arizona to cut its carbon emissions from power plants by about 30 percent.   

Environmental groups are praising the plan. Bret Fanshaw is with Environment Arizona. He says the rule would encourage the state to distance itself from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy.

"Over the long term I think we’re going to have more opportunity to create jobs in the clean energy sector in this state than continuing to dig up and burn fossil fuels," said Fanshaw.

But those who oppose the plan say it would cost Arizona about 1,000 jobs. In a statement, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar called it “overreaching.”

The state’s main utilities are still determining the scope of the plan’s impact, but could not comment on specifics.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.