EPA Releases Clean Power Plant Proposal

On June 2, President Obama – through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – released the “Clean Power Plant Proposed Rule.”  The proposal follows in the footsteps of the President’s 2013 Climate Action Plan.   

According to the EPA, power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.  Federal regulations currently limit the emission of arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle pollution, but there are not currently any national limits on carbon pollution levels.

The proposal is designed to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants by making them more efficient and less polluting.  It will be implemented through a state-federal partnership under which states develop a plan to use either current or new electricity production and pollution control policies to meet the goal of reducing carbon emissions.

State plans will be due in June 2016, with the option of a two-step process for submitting final plans if more time is needed.

EPA will accept comments on the proposal for 120 days after publication in the Federal Register.  (The publication date is to be determined.)  EPA will also hold four public hearings on the proposal during the week of July 28 in Denver, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh.

Full details of the proposal, including an online comment system, are available at:

http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/clean-power-plan-proposed-rule

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