EPA approves Colorado air quality plan

The plan, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, will lead to more than 70,000 tons of pollutant reductions annually by 2018

Denver, September 11, 2012 — A suite of pollution-cutting strategies for Colorado won federal approval, according to the office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The plan, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, will lead to more than 70,000 tons of pollutant reductions annually by 2018. That includes 35,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, which leads to ozone formation.

The strategy hinges on retiring old coal-fired units and converting certain power plants from coal to natural gas. The Colorado legislature adopted this plan by passing the 2010 Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act.

In all, the plan covers 30 units at 16 facilities throughout Colorado, including coal-fired power plants and industrial facilities.

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