Environmental regulators in Kentucky are proposing that the Environmental Protection Agency regulate power plants by combining strict emission-reduction rules with incentives for fuel switching and other efficiency improvements. This type of regulation could be an alternative to the bill just proposed by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., that would require a congressional vote before the EPA sets rules for existing power plants, this article says. "Kentucky is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, but we will not put our citizens and industries in the untenable position of having to forgo economic prosperity to achieve these reductions," Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Leonard Peters wrote in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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