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EPA Official Visits Bloomington, Heads Public Forum On Clean Power Plan
Updated February 11, 2016 8:02 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other expert panelists will discuss the Clean Power Plan and what it means for Hoosiers.

The event will be held February 15 from 6 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 401 N Morton St, Bloomington.

EPA's Clean Power Plan is a domestic program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector, the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Advocates say it will help turn back the effects of global warming, while detractors say it will hurt the Indiana economy. Come and learn the facts from esteemed panelists, featuring:

  • Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Air & Radiation (OAR), where she leads the agency's Clean Air Act programs to reduce air pollution that threatens public health and the environment.
  • Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, focused on education and advocacy around environmental issues and policies.
  • Mark Maassel, President of the Indiana Energy Association, which represents the interests of Indiana's energy utilities
  • Ken Richards, Professor of Environmental Economics, Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs

The panel will include informative presentations and time for questions. Herald Times Editor Bob Zaltsberg will moderate the discussion.

This event is free and open to the public.

The event and panelists are sponsored by the Monroe County's Environmental Quality & Sustainability Commission, the Monroe County Energy Challenge, and the Monroe County Commissioners.

For more information about EPA's Clean Power Plan, visit

The Commission is an advisory board for the County Commissioners that focuses on educating the community and engaging residents and businesses in supporting initiatives which will help ensure a healthier and more economically viable future for the County.

The Monroe County Energy Challenge is a joint effort of the City of Bloomington, the Town of Ellettsville, the Town of Stinesville, Monroe County Government, the Monroe County and Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporations, and others to compete as one of 50 semifinalists for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.

For more information, see Submit all questions for the panel in advance to

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