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Noem urges EPA to get more feedback on greenhouse gas proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D, joined more than 170 members of Congress on a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the comment period on its upcoming regulation of greenhouse gases from existing power plants, expected to be released on June 2.

"The proposed regulations will impact nearly every segment of our economy," Noem said in a press release. "I am very concerned that every South Dakotan's electricity bill will increase while energy reliability will decrease should the proposal be put in place. Sadly, those cost increases will hit populations who are already struggling to make ends meet each month hardest. While clean air is important, the EPA has a responsibility to understand every impact this will have on our communities and our way of life."

The bipartisan letter urges the EPA to provide at least a 120-day comment period. The new regulations are expected to place greater restrictions on the amount of carbon dioxide coal plants can release into the atmosphere each year. This would be the first regulations on greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants.