EPA carbon pollution standards
EPA is developing carbon pollution standards for power plants. Right now, there are no national limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the single largest source of this pollution in the United States. EPA has currently proposed standards for new power plants and is working on standards for existing power plants.
EPA’s standards are a necessary, common sense step that will ensure cleaner power generation that helps protect our children from dangerous smog and our communities from extreme weather. They will also drive innovation, so that America can continue to lead the world in the race to develop cleaner, safer power technologies.
New Power Plants
EPA’s proposed carbon pollution emission standards will establish the first nationwide limits on climate-destabilizing pollution from new power plants, essentially halving the emission rate for new coal plants relative to traditional coal plants. These standards will help us build the modern, low-carbon power sector of the 21st century that we need to protect ours health and our climate.
EPA held a public hearing on February 6, 2014 to hear from stakeholders about reducing carbon pollution from new power plants. Statements from EDF staffers who testified at the hearing are below.
- Mandy Warner at Washington, D.C. hearing [PDF]
- Coalition of Latino Activists including Lucía Oliva Hennelly at Washington, D.C. [PDF]
- EDF President Fred Krupp, "New Carbon Pollution Standards Will Protect Health, Drive Innovation"
- Fact sheet: A stronger America: Reducing pollution, generating cleaner energy, and building a stronger economy [PDF]
- Fact sheet: States have led the way in curbing carbon pollution from new power plants [PDF]
Existing Power Plants
EPA is expected to propose standards to address carbon pollution from existing power plants in summer 2014. These standards have enormous potential to reduce carbon pollution from the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution and to unleash investment in American-made technologies.
EPA held listening sessions across the country in order to hear from stakeholders about reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Statements from EDF staffers who testified at these listening sessions are below.
- Peter Heisler at Washington, D.C. hearing [PDF]
November 7, 2013
- Lucia Hennelly at Washington, D.C. hearing [PDF]
November 7, 2013