Alaska power plants exempt from new greenhouse gas emission rules

Alaska will be exempt from new federal rules aimed at cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she got word Monday in a phone call from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

The rule requires other states to eliminate about a third of the carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 2030. Murkowski told the EPA administrator at a hearing in April the target was impossible for Alaska, in part because the state’s electric grid is so limited.