Atlanta this week will host one of just four national public hearings on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "clean power" plan to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions nationwide. The outcome will interest anyone in Georgia who flips a light switch and pays an electric bill.
"Our overarching concern is, is this going to cause electrical rates to rise dramatically?" said Keith Bentley, the state's leading air quality regulator. "Whatever rule is eventually passed, what does it cost?"
The proposed EPA rules would place new limits on carbon pollution from power plants in Georgia and across the nation, although it particularly resonates in a Peach State that has battled back from asthma-inducing smog and an overreliance on coal-fired energy.