First Carbon Pollution Standard for Future Power Plants proposed by EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on March 27, 2012, that it had proposed the first Clean Air Act standard for Carbon Pollution from new power plants.
The proposed standard indicates the trend toward building cleaner power generation facilities that use American-made technologies, such as clean-burning natural gas generation. The new standard would also encourage new technologies to be deployed at facilities yet to be built that would burn coal while emitting less carbon pollution.
"Today we’re taking a common-sense step to reduce pollution in our air, protect the planet for our children, and move us into a new era of American energy," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Right now there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put into our skies...We’re putting in place a standard that relies on the use of clean, American made technology to tackle a challenge that we can’t leave to our kids and grandkids."
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