Augusta group goes to Atlanta to support power plant regulations

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - It's a pretty divisive issue: pollution from power plants, and how it impacts the environment. But one group WFXG spoke with Tuesday said the issue is pretty clear to them.

"I think it's just a natural progression when we move to solar power and offshore wind," said Sam Booher, an Augusta advocate.

Fresh back from a trip to the EPA's hearing about the President's Clean Energy Plan, these Augusta advocates said they sent a message.

"It was really encouraging to see so many people in support of the EPA clean power plan," said April Wilson, an Augusta advocate. "We're really encouraged that hopefully the government and politicians will hear us, and there are a lot of people who want clear energy."

The group is taking aim at pollution from coal-fired power plants.

The federal plan on the table calls for a 30% reduction of those pollutants over the next 15 years.

"They are heading in the right direction, and we are pleased about that," said Booher. "And of course the EPA saying now we're going to monitor carbon dioxide coming out of coal fired power plants, we're very happy to see that."

Tuesday's hearing was one of only four to take place across the country in preparation for the new rule.

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