Oregon Needs to Cut Emissions by 48%
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon would be have to slash its carbon dioxide emissions nearly in half by 2030 under federal requirements the Obama administration is proposing to curb pollutants blamed for global warming.
The state Department of Environmental Quality will be in charge of drawing plans to meet the goal. A DEQ official said Monday plans to stop burning coal at Portland General Electric's Boardman plant could be a big help
The plant in north-central Oregon is the only coal-fired electricity plant in the state, and PGE has said it plans to stop using coal there by 2020.
Nationwide, the country's carbon emissions from the power sector must be reduced by 30 percent below 2005 levels over the next 15 years. Each state has an individual goal. Oregon's is a 48 percent reduction.