Missouri GOP senator slams new power plant emissions limits

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri is calling a new plan to dramatically cut U.S. power plant emissions a federal overreach.

The Republican criticized the final plan unveiled by Democratic President Barack Obama on Monday, adding that it could mean lost jobs for Missouri.

Blunt also says it could mean higher utility bills and could particularly hurt middle- and low-income families.

Environmental groups argued the opposite.

Missouri’s Sierra Club chapter director John Hickey said the plan could protect low-income neighborhoods, older residents and others from pollution. Hickey says it could bring jobs to the state.

The plan imposes stricter carbon dioxide limits than what were previously expected but gives states an additional two years to comply.

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