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EPA is asking for comments on the new Clean Power Plan proposal

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media

After holding public hearings on the proposed Clean Power Plan this week in four major cities, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended their public opinion outreach by announcing ways for anyone to send in comments related to the recent proposal.

This year, the EPA has made plenty of hullabaloo with their carbon emission cuts. The new regulations have been through court hearings and have created enemies of the highest caliber while staying at the forefront of energy-related news.

The Clean Power Plan Proposal is the newest method of carbon control from the EPA. This proposal, being  fueled by the goals of the Obama Administration, aims to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States according to the EPA.

The highly controversial Power Plant rule would be the first National limit on carbon pollution levels. However, within the summary of the proposal, the EPA claims the limits will be “state-specific rate-based goals for carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, as well as guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to achieve the state-specific goals.”

Here are the main points that the proposal, along with the numerous other regulations conducted by the EPA, aim to address according to a press release issued June 2, 2014.

By 2030, the steady and responsible steps the EPA is taking will:

·Cut carbon emission from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels, which is equal to the emissions from powering more than half the homes in the United States for one year;

·Cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent as a co-benefit;

·Avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work or school days—providing up to $93 billion in climate and public health benefits; and

·Shrink electricity bills roughly 8 percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand in the electricity system.

Whether you feel this is overreach by the EPA or perhaps you agree with the measures and wish to voice your support, I highly suggest checking out the ways to send in your comments here. All comments must be received by October 16, 2014. The EPA will accept comments on the proposal for 120 days after publication in the Federal Register. Based on this input, the EPA will finalize standards next June following the schedule laid out in the June 2013 Presidential Memorandum.

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