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Maine environmental groups praise federal power plant rules
August 03, 2015 20:35 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Environmental advocates in Maine are praising President Barack Obama's plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants even though the state's power plants likely won't see many big changes under the new rules.

Under new regulations that the president announced on Monday, states must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030. Maine is will be required to reduce its emission rate by 11 percent, compared to 2012 levels.

Dylan Voorhees, clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, called Obama's plan the single most important action that has been taken to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change.

Maine is expected to comply as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a group of northeastern states that's already on track to reach its pollution targets.