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EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards on New Power Plants

Date Posted: 
September 26, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new national standards on carbon pollution emitted from new natural gas and coal power plants “in order to combat climate change and improve public health.” The new standards—a major part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—would fall under the Clean Air Act and would limit new large natural gas-fired turbines to 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour (MWH), and new small gas-fired turbines and new coal-fired units to 1,100 pounds per MWH. Currently, natural gas-powered plants emit on average 800-850 pounds of CO2 per MWH, while coal-powered plants emit about 1,768 pounds per MWH, according to the Washington Post. In addition to the new standards, EPA has initiated broad-based outreach and direct engagement with all levels of government and various industries and organizations to “establish carbon pollution standards for existing power plants and build on state efforts to move toward a cleaner power sector.”