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OMB Watch: doing Little, Changing Everything: EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants
April 11, 2012, 9:07 am
Filed under: News

Posted on April 3, 2012   Nearly five years after the U.S. Supreme Court directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine whether carbon dioxide should be regulated as a “pollutant” under the Clean Air Act, the agency finally issued a proposed standard for carbon emissions from newly constructed power plants.

What’s in the Standard

The Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants, which was issued as a proposed rule on March 27, directs permits for new power plants to be issued only if a facility will emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of electricity generated. The rule applies only to new, not existing power plants, and does not specify any particular fuel or technology.

The “average” American power plant emits somewhere between 800 and 850 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour – “traditional” coal-fired power plants, however, emit more than twice this amount. Observers have suggested that the rule amounts to a ban on coal-fired power plants without carbon sequestration technology. As George Peridas of the Natural Resources Defense Council has pointed out, carbon sequestration is now a technological and regulatory reality – in fact, coal plants that would meet the new standard are already proposed in Mississippi and Texas.

Read further at http://www.ombwatch.org/node/12031/

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