EPA to set carbon pollution standards for power plants

By WEEK Reporter

EPA to set carbon pollution standards for power plants

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new limits on carbon pollution from power plants on Tuesday.

According to a press release from Environment Illinois, coal-fired plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, but there are no federal limits on this pollution from power plants.  

The proposed Carbon Pollution Standard will limit emissions to more than 1000 pounds or carbon dioxide pollution for each megawatt of electricity produced. 

According to the Washington Post, most natural gas power plants meet that standard already, averaging around 800 pounds per megawatt.  However, most coal power plants average nearly 1800 pounds per megawatt.

"Today's proposal from the Obama administration is a historic step in protecting Illinoisans' health and our environment," Environment Illinois Program Director Max Muller said.  "By setting the first-ever standards for the largest source of the carbon pollution that fuels global warming, President Obama and EPA Administrator (Lisa) Jackson are putting our health over the demands of the polluter lobby."

A full story from the Washington Post is available here.

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