Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new proposed standards for coal and new natural gas- fired power plants that the agency contends would avoid more than 600 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution in 2030 alone.
The proposed standards set the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for CO2 emissions and apply to existing fossil-fueled steam electric generating units (EGUs), existing natural gas-fueled EGUs, new natural gas EGUs, and modified coal EGUs. Under these standards, CCS and co-firing clean hydrogen are cited as the best systems of emissions reduction.
EPA will take comment on these proposals for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register and will also hold a virtual public hearing and make additional information available on its website.
View the EPA News Release
Read more about the new standards from the Associated Press.
Watch an NBC report about the proposed carbon pollution standards.