The EPA Proposes Guidelines To Cut Carbon Pollution From Existing U.S. Power Plants

At the direction of President Barack Obama, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its highly anticipated Clean Power Plan proposal that cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, which the agency describes as the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., the EPA says. While there are limits in place for the levels of arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particle pollution that power plants can emit, there are currently no national limits on carbon pollution levels.