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EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

smokestacksAgency takes important step to reduce carbon pollution from power plants as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken it’s first major step taken towards fulfilling President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, by proposing Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants built in the United States.

Carbon pollution is the leading contributor to climate disruption and is linked to life-threatening air pollution like smog, which triggers asthma attacks. These carbon pollution protections will help us clean up and modernize the way we power our country – to help ensure healthier kids, families and workers, create much-needed jobs, and fight climate disruption.

Each year, more and more Americans are threatened by extreme weather events brought on by carbon pollution. And up until now, there have been no national standards for the amount of carbon pollution power plants can dump into our air.  Big polluters have been getting a free ride for decades, while Americans foot the bill in the form of asthma attacks, respiratory illness, floods, wildfires, and superstorms.

The proposed carbon pollution protections show that President Obama and the EPA are serious about fighting climate disruption, and holding the industries that create the lion’s share of the nation’s carbon emissions accountable for their pollution.

Fight back against climate-destroying carbon pollution now by signing the Sierra Club petition. 

Climate change is the most significant public health challenge of our time.  By taking commonsense action to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, we can slow the effects of climate change and fulfill our obligation to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our children. These standards will also spark the innovation we need to build the next generation of power plants, helping grow a more sustainable clean energy economy.

More information: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards

More information on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf

NORFOLK SIERRIANS, SAVE THE DATE!
Citizen’s Hearing to Support the
Proposed EPA Carbon Pollution Standards
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:00 pm-8:00 pm EST
Hilton Norfolk Airport
1500 N. Military Highway
Norfolk, VA 23502 (MAP)
Click here to REGISTER TODAY!
Point of contact: Sarah Hagan – sarah.hagan@sierraclub.org

NoVA SIERRIANS, SAVE THE DATE!
Citizen’s Hearing for Public Comments:
Carbon Emissions for Power Plants
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. EST
Arlington Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA
Closest Metro Station: Ballston
Register Today: bit.ly/VAClimateHearings
Point of contact: Madison Poche, – mpoche@environmentvirginia.org

 

Register Today to share your Feedback with the EPA at a Public Listening Session near you

The EPA is seeking comment and input on the proposal at 11 public listening sessions around the nation. The feedback from these public listening sessions will play an important role in helping the EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best information available. Registration is highly encouraged due to large expected turnouts.

Register today to participate in a Public Listening Session in Washington DC: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/public-listening-session-registration

EPA Public Listening Session in Washington, DC

November 7, 2013
9:00 am-8:00 pm EST

U.S. EPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton East
Room 1153 (Map Room)
1201 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460
Register
Point of contact: Angela Hackel (919) 541-5262

About the Author

Corrina Beall is the Legislative Coordinator for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.