EPA limits 4 types of power plant pollution with sweeping rulemaking

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The Biden administration has introduced new rules to reduce pollution from coal and natural gas power plants, aiming to address environmental and public health concerns.

Michael Regan, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), explained that power plants are a major source of pollution that harms air, water, land, and climate. The new rules are designed to control this pollution while supporting economic growth.

Regan emphasized the impact of pollution on people’s health and the environment, calling it a significant challenge. He stressed the need for action to protect communities from the harmful effects of pollution.

One of the main goals of the new rules is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, which contribute significantly to climate change. The EPA estimates that these rules will result in substantial reductions in pollution and significant benefits for public health and the environment.

The rules also aim to address the disproportionate impact of pollution on frontline communities, which are often low-income or communities of color. Regan highlighted the importance of protecting these communities from pollution-related health risks.

The first rule focuses on reducing carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants and new natural gas plants. This will be achieved through technologies like carbon capture, which capture carbon emissions before they are released into the atmosphere.

Another rule updates the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for coal-fired plants, tightening emissions standards for toxic metals and mercury.

A third rule aims to reduce water pollution from coal-fired power plants, protecting freshwater and drinking water resources for communities.

Finally, a fourth rule regulates the management of coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal in power plants. This rule aims to prevent coal ash from contaminating waterways and groundwater.

These rules are part of the Biden administration’s efforts to address climate change and protect public health. They are accompanied by initiatives to promote clean energy and improve transmission infrastructure.

Overall, the administration hopes that these rules will contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment for all Americans.

Environmental organizations have been urging the administration to finalize these rules before potential interference from Congress. The rules could also have implications for the upcoming election, as voters increasingly prioritize environmental issues.

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