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Environmental Protection Agency Announces Clean Power Plan Proposal

Cynthia Cumming

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • 9:10pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Environmental Protection Agency announced on June 2 that they are releasing the Clean Power Plan proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, considered the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.

Encouraged by the Obama Administration the EPA proposal is expected to protect public health, move towards a cleaner environment in the United States, and fight climate change while providing reliable and affordable energy sources. In leveraging cleaner energy sources the EPA says the proposal will give America a competitive edge, encourage innovation, and create jobs.

As listed by the EPA, the four most important points in the proposed Clean Power Plan:

1.) Fights climate change.

2.) Protects public health. One-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions are caused by power plants. Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Although there are limits for other pollutants like arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle pollution that power plants can emit, there are currently no national limits on carbon pollution. 

3.) States leading with proven approaches. Individual states and businesses are already establishing options for cleaner, more efficient power. The proposed plan encourages the continuation of these efforts.

4.) Flexibility and individual state decision making. With the flexible structure of the EPA proposal, states will choose how to cut carbon pollution in an effort to provide reliable power to grow our economy.

According to their press release, the EPA's goals by 2030 are:

"Cut carbon emission from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels, which is equal to the emissions from powering more than half the homes in the United States for one year;

Cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent as a co-benefit;

Avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work or school days—providing up to $93 billion in climate and public health benefits; and,

Shrink electricity bills roughly 8 percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand in the electricity system."

To see the proposal, go to: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards or view a whiteboard presentation at https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1465dd8950914dc1?projector=1

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