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Senator Fischer successful in extending comment period on new EPA coal regulations

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Nearly a week after the environmental protection agency announced new regulations on emissions from coal plants, a Nebraska Senator is working to give people more time to review the changes.
In a conference call earlier this week, Senator Deb Fischer says she spearheaded an initiative with 46 other senators to ask for an extension of the 'comment period' on the new EPA coal regulations. 

Last Monday, the EPA released a 600-plus page document that proposed new rules requiring existing power plants to cut their greenhouse gas emissions 30% percent by 2030. 

Fischer says the new regulations will have a significant impact on energy providers such as the NPPD and OPPD. 

Fischer says she and the other senators were successful in their request for the comment period's extension, from 60 to 120 days.
"This is welcome news fro all of us who are very alarmed by the EPA proposal, I encourage Nebraskans to offer their comments and feedback about how this rule is going to impact their families, and their businesses, and their ability to provide affordable, reliable electricity."

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Fischer says in Nebraska, coal-related industries are responsible for almost 23,000 jobs, and generate nearly $5 billion dollars in economic output.
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