Scripps Howard News Service reported today that a Vernal, Utah coal plant under consideration on federally regulated Native American land has received permit clearance from the EPA. While I understand the need to keep the engine of commerce moving with new power sources, I am very concerned about the publicity fallout such action brings to Utah’s doorstep.
As I recently discussed with Utah Governor Huntsman’s Energy Advisor, Dianne Nielson, Utah has a great opportunity to position itself as a leader in environmental sustainability. This move by the EPA may hurt this cause. Dianne indicated that
The EPA supposedly received added clout from a recent Supreme Court ruling regarding carbon dioxide emissions. Sounds like the EPA is failing to “lead” and set an example for future proposed power plants.