EPA To Limit Emissions of Future Coal- And Gas-Fired Power Plants

"The Environmental Protection Agency will move Friday to strictly limit the amount of carbon that future coal- and gas-fired power plants can pour into the atmosphere, the first such restrictions on greenhouse gases imposed by the agency."

"The limits in the proposed rule will be difficult for any new coal plant to meet without incurring the substantial costs of additional technology to limit carbon dioxide output or developing new methods of cleansing emissions. The industry almost certainly will challenge it in court.

For the administration, the revised rule is the first major domestic initiative since President Obama laid out his climate action plan in June. Ahead is the EPA’s decision on limiting emissions from existing power plants, which Administrator Gina McCarthy said Thursday will be made in June 2014."

Lenny Bernstein and Juliet Eilperin report for the Washington Post September 19, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"EPA Wants To Limit Greenhouse Gases From New Coal Power Plants" (NPR)

"Coal in Obama’S Climate Crosshairs" (Politico)

"E.P.A. Is Expected to Set Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions by New Power Plants" (New York Times: 9/13/13)

"Coal-Country Democrats Nervously Await EPA Regulations for Power-Plant Emissions" (National Journal)

"McConnell Fires Up Case Against EPA Coal Rules" (Wall St. Journal)

Source: Wash Post, 09/20/2013