The EPA recently announced that it will grant more flexibility to states in reaching new carbon emission regulations for power plants, which will hit huge coal producing states — West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio — hard.
In addition to new carbon emission regulations, the EPA will introduce new state requirements next summer that will help to secure public health from power plant carbon pollution. The EPA will also give great flexibility with these requirements, which will bolster the power plant emissions cutbacks.
Nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont — have started the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the US’s first market-based regulatory program to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. The RGGI has already reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 40% since 2005, and is currently creating an emission reduction plan for the region.
It is always difficult and painful to balance short-term economic implications — for people and companies directly affected — with long-term environmental standards that impact health and health costs for all.
Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Tara Mahadevan
December 4, 2013
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