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West Virginia faces more stringent goals in final power plan

President Barack Obama released a plan Monday requiring West Virginia to take deeper cuts into their emissions from power plants than the administration originally proposed. Many Republicans and Democrats representing the Mountain State have long opposed the push that aims to combat climate change, largely by targeting carbon pollution from coal-fired power production. Because the final rule changed significantly, it will take time to determine how it will affect West Virginia, state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater said. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin quickly called the rule "unreasonable, unrealistic and ultimately unattainable for our...

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