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News Tip: Experts Available on Power Plant Greenhouse Gas Rules
Durham, NC - The Environmental Protection Agency today issued the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions, known as new source performance standards, from all new U.S. power plants.
Director of Duke Universityâs Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Jonas Monast, director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Whitepaper on new source performance standards: http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/climate/primer-on-ghg-regulation-under-the-clean-air-act-nsps-rulemaking-process
"This is an important first step in limiting greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector," said Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. "Fossil fuel-fired power plants are currently responsible for approximately 40 percent of the nation's GHG emissions. Not only will this rule start tackling climate change, it may provide policy certainty to allow utilities to engage in long-term planning."
"We have to start tackling climate change in a meaningful way," said Jonas Monast, director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. "The section of the Clean Air Act that governs new source performance standards allows for considerable flexibility. The Act provides the EPA an opportunity to achieve its environmental goals in a cost-effective manner."