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EPA proposes new guidelines for power plants
Florida needs to cut its carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 38 percent by the year 2030.
It is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants nationwide.
Those plants are the largest source of greenhouse gases in this country.
Opponents claim the plan will cost billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
But the EPA administrator says the change is necessary for the health of Americans.
"Carbon pollution from power plants comes packaged with dangerous pollutants, like particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide. And they put our children and our families at even more risk."
Each state has until June 2016 to submit a plan for meeting the new goals.
States would have a variety of options to meet the goals, such as developing wind and solar energy.
Gulf Power runs three plants in Northwest Florida that could be affected. For more information, click here