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SC asked to cut carbon emissions by more than half

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CHARLESTON, SC (AP) -

The federal government is proposing that South Carolina cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by more than half by the year 2030.

One environmental group says the state is in a good position to do so.

Blan Holman of the Southern Environmental Law Center says South Carolina has reduced carbon pollution by almost a third in the past decade and has burned less coal even as the economy has expanded.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced specific targets for all states Monday as part of efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.

South Carolina's 2012 carbon emission rate was almost 1,600 pounds per megawatt hour of energy produced. The new target just over 770 pounds.

About 30 percent power in South Carolina comes from coal-fired power plants.

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