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EPA plans to cut one-third of emissions by 2030

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The Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce Monday its goal to cut carbon-dioxide emissions at power plants by 30 percent, by the year 2030.

The announcement comes as part of President Barack Obama's climate change initiative to strengthen U.S. air quality regulations and reduce dependency on coal.

The new EPA rule is expected to be finalized in one year. Each state must submit plans outlining how their respective power plants will cut back on carbon emission. While each state will have flexibility in doing so, some Midwest governors are already fighting for a less-aggressive approach.

States in the region are especially defending the coal industry, taking into account jobs and cost with the reduction. Kansas and Missouri are looking at individual power plants, and express concern the cutback will raise electricity costs for consumers.

While a state will be able to decide how it will reduce the emission of carbon, it still must meet the federal standard; if it doesn't, the EPA has the authority to step in and create a plan of its own.

According to Iowa's Environmental Council, coal generates about 70 percent of electricity in the state.

States must submit their reduction plans to the EPA by June 2016.
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