Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
on Reducing Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants
November 5, 2013
San Francisco – As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a public listening session in San Francisco to solicit input from the public and stakeholders as the EPA develops Clean Air Act guidelines to reduce carbon emissions for existing power plants. Power plants are the nation’s largest stationary source of carbon pollution, responsible for about one third of all greenhouse gases in the United States.
Taking steps to cut harmful carbon pollution will move us toward a cleaner, healthier, more stable environment for future generations, while supplying the reliable, affordable energy needed for economic growth. The feedback from this public listening session, as well as written input received by email, will play an important role in helping EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best information available.
The Clean Air Act gives both EPA and states a role in reducing air pollution from power plants that are already in operation. The law directs EPA to establish guidelines, which states use to design their own programs to reduce emissions. Before proposing guidelines, EPA must consider how power plants with a variety of different configurations would be able to reduce carbon pollution in a cost-effective way.