EPA announces carbon regulations for existing power plants

By Deborah E Jennings, Andrew B Schatz and Catherine B Campbell

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan would for the first time establish national limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants, reducing CO2 emissions intensity by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

States would also be required to meet an interim average emissions-intensity goal over the 10-year period from 2020–2029. The proposed rule will allow each state the flexibility to develop its own plan to meet applicable CO2 emissions limits.

If the rule stands as proposed, the Clean Power Plan would be the single most significant step ever taken by the US to curb emissions responsible for causing climate change…

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