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Supporters of the clean-air plan included the utilities, natural gas industry and environmentalists. Supporters say Colorado needs to reduce the amount of coal burned in the state’s power plants to comply with federal regional haze rules as well as new, tighter air quality rules expected within the next few years.
“This is another historic milestone,” said Elise Jones, executive director of Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC), in a statement on behalf of the coalition, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Environment Colorado.
“Regional haze pollution not only mars the scenic vistas in our precious national parks, but also harms these sensitive ecosystems and damages public health, and we are finally on track to see dramatic improvements,” Jones said.