Sen. Carper Praises EPA For New Regulations on Emissions From Power Plants

Sep 21, 2013 -- 9:39am

Delaware Senator Tom Carper is praising the EPA for introducing new regulations on coal and natural gas powered power plants.

The regulations will limit coal-fired plants to a maximum of 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour produced, and 1,000 pounds for natural gas-fired plants. In a statement, Carper, the chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, says dirty air presents serious and costly threats to the planet, from chronic health problems such as asthma in children to severe weather events resulting from climate change.

The EPA is allowing for public comment before the rules are finalized. However, they’re already getting backlash from conservatives and power companies.

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