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EPA releases draft limits on power plant carbon emissions

8:34 AM MDT | October 4, 2013 | —Rebecca Coons

EPA has proposed strict carbon emissions standards for new power plants, spurring criticism from industry groups who accuse the agency of overreaching authority under the Clean Air Act and attempting to force coal-fired plants to use expensive, unproven carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. The draft rules, announced 20 September, are EPA’s first attempt to regulate power plants, which account for a third of domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Unlike EPA’s 2012 proposal that would have set a 1,000 lbs/MWh limit on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...

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