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AEP: Proposed EPA rules could cost 600 jobs, increase customer bills | The Columbus Dispatch

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American Electric Power is objecting to proposed federal environmental rules that the company says would lead to the closing or partial closing of 11 power plants, the loss of 600 jobs and a potentially big increase in electricity costs for customers.

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BuckeyeShamrock

Columbus, OH

#1 Jun 9, 2011
Just take the increase out of the balance you owe me from the last gouging. Live within your means you monopoly cash cow. You have worked months to start a plan that you were told 10 years ago to implement. You are just stalling for another 10 years of cheating consumers and destroying the enviroment

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Svetty Balzack

Westerville, OH

#3 Jun 9, 2011
The EPA does not just introduce rules overnight. These types of changes take months or years to finalize and implement. Often times the agency even requests feedback from industry. So basically, AEP has sat on their hands and waited til the rules were implemented to think about changes. If they were actually a company who cared for the environment, its customers and its employees then they would have began making changes months or years ago. They are essentially trying to skirt the rules.
Dave

Elyria, OH

#4 Jun 9, 2011
How long will it take for us to realize we can't have the best of both worlds? We either feel warm and fuzzy being uncompetitive in the world market or we burn coal. There's a reason we've burnt coal for so long...
IT WORKS!
Thinker

Columbus, OH

#5 Jun 9, 2011
Same ole argument "yeah...we realize burning rocks to create electricity is making people sick, fouling the air, and contributing to climate change, but...geez...it's gonna cost money to change...boo hoo." Sorry, I like cheap electric rates as much as the next guy, but if we keep letting coal plants pollute as they please, we'll never transition to cleaner fuels. It's completely justified for the government to step in amd help move us towards cleaner electricity. I mean...nobody cried for the guys who made waggon wheels when the car came along. Sorry coal...you had a good run. And, if burning dead babies was a cheap way to make electricity, would we allow it just because it's "cheap."
cbus614

Columbus, OH

#6 Jun 9, 2011
Dave wrote:
How long will it take for us to realize we can't have the best of both worlds? We either feel warm and fuzzy being uncompetitive in the world market or we burn coal. There's a reason we've burnt coal for so long...
IT WORKS!
Yep, it works at creating acid rain and pollution which makes a lot of us sick. Oh well, good thing for Obamacare...
cmhgirl

Columbus, OH

#7 Jun 9, 2011
AEP hasn't been sitting on their hands all these years. They have been retro fitting plants for years to comply with the EPA regulations. If you can find a way to plan, approve and implement all the projects across the fleet all at the same time, I'm sure they would love to hear from you.
DrC Ohio

Columbus, OH

#8 Jun 9, 2011
AEP knew this was coming. They are chose to ignore it. They say it will cost jobs, but their pollution and coal kills many people and destroys ecosystems. AEP, stop crying like a baby, suck it up, and do what is right.
Two Term Kasich

United States

#9 Jun 9, 2011
DrC Ohio wrote:
AEP knew this was coming. They are chose to ignore it. They say it will cost jobs, but their pollution and coal kills many people and destroys ecosystems. AEP, stop crying like a baby, suck it up, and do what is right.
Quick, power down the PC! Head for the grass hut.
4 truthjstceandamr cnway

New York, NY

#10 Jun 9, 2011
This is a lot of crap. Utilities are making unprecidented profits and the jobs lost will be created elsewhere in the economy in cleaner energy technologies. It's time to start looking at the tradeoffs.
DrC Ohio

Columbus, OH

#11 Jun 9, 2011
Two Term Kasich wrote:
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Quick, power down the PC! Head for the grass hut.
If it were only that easy;) AEP has done more than some utilities (ex. First Energy), but they are still one of the top polluters in the country. They pollution levels have dropped due to state and federal regulation, but people are still dieing because of the pollution. They have a chance to be leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy. They are called "American Electric Power" not "American Coal Power."

BTW, here is a good map of the health impacts power plants cause on people: http://catf.us/coal/problems/power_plants/exi...
Nanny State Losers

Columbus, OH

#12 Jun 9, 2011
Environmental wackos are never happy - there is always some boogieman hiding out there that they can get some useless paper-pushing bureaucrats to hassle.

What that I hear? The sound of more wealth creating jobs and industries leaving Ohio and the country?

Nanny State Losers

Columbus, OH

#14 Jun 9, 2011
4 truthjstceandamrcnway wrote:
This is a lot of crap. Utilities are making unprecidented profits and the jobs lost will be created elsewhere in the economy in cleaner energy technologies. It's time to start looking at the tradeoffs.
The real goal - make energy more expensive so uncompetitive fantasy sources of energy can have some veneer of ability to compete.
Two Term Kasich

United States

#15 Jun 9, 2011
DrC Ohio wrote:
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If it were only that easy;) AEP has done more than some utilities (ex. First Energy), but they are still one of the top polluters in the country. They pollution levels have dropped due to state and federal regulation, but people are still dieing because of the pollution. They have a chance to be leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy. They are called "American Electric Power" not "American Coal Power."
BTW, here is a good map of the health impacts power plants cause on people: http://catf.us/coal/problems/power_plants/exi...
Meanwhile, the endangered golden eagles are being slaughtered by California's inefficient wind turbines. What's an activist to do?
community organizer

Powell, OH

#16 Jun 9, 2011
under my new cap and tax programs, energy costs would necessarily skyrocket. under my job killer programs at the Department of Ecofraud, the number of able-bodied American workers thrown into poverty will necessarily skyrocket. To compensate, I'm giving your wheat crops and your $billions to hostile Arabs, your oil reserves and your $billions to Brazil's state owned oil company, title to your homes and property to the Chinese, and your missile technology to Russia. For this I DEMAND re-election.
Ohio Patriot

Thornville, OH

#17 Jun 9, 2011
The current miserable standards for coal-fired plants cannot continue. They allow for much too much pollution - they were always based on raw political power and not on health science. These wretched companies have known this day would come for decades and corrupted our political process to delay the day of reckoning so they could make a few more bucks along with a lot more blackened lungs.

Enough already - it's not your air and you never, ever had a right to pollute it as you have, AEP. The world is for people and you corporations have no privileges beyond what is best for the enlightened public good.
The OH Life

Columbus, OH

#18 Jun 9, 2011
Svetty Balzack wrote:
The EPA does not just introduce rules overnight. These types of changes take months or years to finalize and implement. Often times the agency even requests feedback from industry. So basically, AEP has sat on their hands and waited til the rules were implemented to think about changes. If they were actually a company who cared for the environment, its customers and its employees then they would have began making changes months or years ago. They are essentially trying to skirt the rules.
The EPA didn't introduce these rules overnight, but a CEO and company execs can't make decisions and take action on policy that is "introduced". When you do, you get screwed in the long-run because when you change to meet what is expected to be policy and not what is final policy. Look lately at what the government has changed within the past 5 years... Clean Air Act, Cap and Trade (flopped majorly, can you imagine a company that took measures to meet the Cap and Trade only to have it not exist??), the list goes on. The EPA has only recently requested feedback from the industry and many agree with AEP. The ones that don't are the ones that are in DE-REGULATED markets (closing of AEP's plants will allow these companies to rake in the money and raise rates on customers because their costs are market driven), and nuclear heavy companies.
AEP has agreed to $10 billion in anti-pollution devices (NSR Agreement). I did some research and the company has reduced pollution emissions by almost 80%(leading the charge compared to other utilities).
It's scary to see this country become less reliable when it comes to energy. We retire these plants but don't replace them with anything. When you take megawatts off the grid and don't replace them, you become more vulnerable. Remember the California blackouts about 10 years ago? That is the direction the country is heading... kind of scary to think about it. You may have to sit in the un-air conditioned dark for periods at a time.
Attention should be directed toward Detroit in automobile emissions. Auto emissions are just as bad, not to mention they would be much easier to control.
Dave Carter

Columbus, OH

#19 Jun 9, 2011
In these economic times, the Earth's health needs to be put on the back burner. Earth has been here for 4.6 billion years, its tough.

Dang EPA. Endless Pains of the Arse.
Enviro Ninja

Columbus, OH

#20 Jun 9, 2011
AEP is right. In the meantime we'll all just hold our breath and not breath.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#21 Jun 9, 2011
Nanny State Losers wrote:
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The real goal - make energy more expensive so uncompetitive fantasy sources of energy can have some veneer of ability to compete.
Sorry, we gotta breathe.
runner1934

Van Wert, OH

#22 Jun 9, 2011
Something must be done about the EPA. They have no consideration for job loss or cost increases in their diecisions. They are as bad as the ACLU. Of course, Sherrod Brown and his liberal cronies in the Senate will support the EPA.

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