By Sarah Lang The Lebanon Reporter
---- — General Manager of Lebanon Utilities Mike Martin, along with 35 other representatives from utility agencies across the state, has signed and sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama expressing concerns about the president’s Climate Action Plan, which puts new restrictions in place to cut down on carbon pollution. Martin read this letter into public record at Monday’s Lebanon City Council meeting for the benefit of the public, he said. The White House released a press release in June about Obama’s plan. The release states: “Building on efforts underway in states and communities across the country, the president’s plan cuts carbon pollution that causes climate change and threatens public health. Today, we have limits in place for arsenic, mercury and lead, but we let power plants release as much carbon pollution as they want – pollution that is contributing to higher rates of asthma attacks and more frequent and severe floods and heat waves.” The plan directs the Environmental Protection Agency to work with states to establish carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants. This is where Martin and other members of the Indiana Municipal Power Agency have concern. Their letter states these IMPA members are “extremely concerned” about the ramifications of this plan, adding that reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electric power generation facilities will not only adversely affect the cities and towns IMPA serves, but also every other citizen in Indiana, the Midwest, and ultimately the entire nation.