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What does the EPA announcement mean to the Michiana area

What impact does EPA announcement have on local counties? What impact does EPA announcement have on local counties?
The EPA announced new regulations regarding climate change. What does this mean for residents in the Michiana area?

James Weingart is the Deputy Director of the Northern Regional Office for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). "For our region here in the South Bend-Elkhart area, we really don't have too many sources of carbon dioxide” Weingart said. “So for our region specifically, it's not going to mean a whole lot."

Weingart's office overseas St. Joseph and Elkhart counties among others. The Notre Dame power plant is in his area. "That would be probably our largest source of carbon dioxide in the area. They generate their own power," Weingart said.

A University of Notre Dame Spokesperson told FOX28 News it was too early to tell how the EPA rules would impact the plant so they declined to comment at this time.

This leads to the question of what impact the rules will have on utility companies who provide power to the Michiana area? Also what impact would this have on your utility bill?

"In terms of actual customer rate impact it's too early to say what that will be," Director of Communications and Government Affairs for Indiana Michigan Power Brian Bergsma said.

Bergsma says Indiana Michigan Power is already well on their way to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. He says they have reduced their emissions by 21 percent since 2005. The company has also already invested 10 billion dollars towards emission control. For that reason, he does not want any financial costs that may come from new EPA regulations to fall on the residents.

"We believe whatever those rules are that come forward over the next few years, that the investment our customers made in those plans should not be prematurely lost," Bergsma said.

According to the EPA, the proposal would cost up to 8.8 billion dollars annually in 2030. Bergsma hopes in allowing states to draw up their own course of action to meet regulations, this will help prevent any excessive charges on the company and ultimately their customers.

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