EPA plans release of new regulations for power plants next week

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to introduce a series of new regulations aimed at reducing pollutants from America's power plants as part of a comprehensive environmental strategy.

Jean Chemnick reports for E&E News.


In short:

  • The Biden administration is poised to announce up to four new EPA regulations targeting emissions and waste from fossil-fuel power plants.
  • These rules aim to address carbon emissions, air toxics, and waste from coal and gas-fired plants, with some still under review by the Office of Management and Budget.
  • The initiative is part of a broader strategy to provide regulatory certainty and address environmental concerns before a critical policy deadline.

Why this matters:

As awareness of climate change grows and the imperative to mitigate its effects becomes increasingly urgent, there's mounting pressure on regulatory agencies like the EPA to take decisive action.

In 2015, sulfur dioxide emissions in Alabama dropped due to to federal regulations targeting the fossil fuel industry. These regulations were kick-started by 1990 Clean Air Act amendments and the rise of natural gas and other energy sources that have further pinched the coal industry.

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