EPA Delays Final Carbon Reduction Rule until Mid-Summer


On January 7 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation announced that it has postponed until mid-summer its target date for final regulations for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants. EPA had originally planned to issue final rules by June 1.

The rules for new power plants require states to cut carbon pollution to achieve a 30 percent nationwide reduction from 2005 levels by 2030.

State carbon reduction plans – either a completed plan or an initial plan with a request for a one- or two-year extension – are due to EPA June 20, 2016.


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