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Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants


[June 2, 2014: Update] The Environmental Protection Agency has released the Clean Power Plan, the proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. See the EPA website about the proposed rule here, and please check this page regularly for updates. Scroll down, then click on the tabs for a compilation of resources from USCAN members and allies.

On June 25, 2013, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, a national plan for tackling climate change that includes limiting carbon pollution from power plants. In a follow-up Presidential memorandum, President Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop standards that would reduce carbon pollution from both new and existing power plants. Pollution from fossil fuel power plants, along with oil refineries, accounts for nearly 40 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution in the United States. This directive would protect public health and spark innovation in clean technologies, spurring green jobs. EPA originally proposed draft standards to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants in March 2012, and supporters of climate action submitted a record-breaking number of comments—more than 3.2 million—in support of limiting carbon pollution from new and existing power plants. On September 20, 2013, in response to some critiques of how the proposed new standard for power plants, EPA released a revised version that will require about the same level of carbon pollution reductions. The President, in his June 25, 2013 memorandum, also directed the EPA to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon pollution for existing power plants:  he instructed the EPA to release a draft proposal by June 1, 2014 and to finalize it by June 1, 2015, with the goal of implementing the standards by June 30, 2016.

The EPA held 11 listening sessions across the country throughout October and November to solicit input on reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants through the Clean Air Act. The feedback from these listening sessions was one of the first steps in the EPA’s process of issuing standards for existing power plants by June 2014. If you were unable to attend one of the listening sessions, click here to contact the EPA directly or email


Click on the tabs below to find a compilation of resources related to the carbon pollution standards:

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Below is a compilation of statements from USCAN members and allies on the recent release of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. For Statements from elected officials on the proposed rule, Click Here. Scroll down for statements prior to the release of the Clean Power Plan.

Statements by Elected Officials (in alphabetical order by last name)


2013 and January-May 2014

For a compilation of USCAN members’ and allies’ reactions, analyses, and other selected responses to the President’s Climate Action Plan, please click here. Last Updated: 11.2013











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VIDEO 1: June 2, 2014 As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the EPA released a proposal to cut harmful carbon pollution from our nation's largest source: power plants.

VIDEO 2: May 31, 2014—President Obama discussed new actions by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut dangerous carbon pollution, a plan that builds on the efforts already taken by many states, cities and companies.

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